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Here's a Beeb report about Jo splitting from her coach and missing the rest of the season. I wish her well with her recovery and finding a new coach.

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/41671245

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I see Steven has posted another Stuart Fraser article in the Times, this time Wim Fissette speaking... However, since I can't access Times articles, I found also this week back article in the Guardian that has more info than the BBC article Helen posted above. If anyone does have access to the latest article, it would be good to read it.

www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/18/johanna-konta-ends-association-with-coach-wim-fissette-tennis

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Michael D wrote:

I see Steven has posted another Stuart Fraser article in the Times, this time Wim Fissette speaking... However, since I can't access Times articles, I found also this week back article in the Guardian that has more info than the BBC article Helen posted above. If anyone does have access to the latest article, it would be good to read it.

www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/18/johanna-konta-ends-association-with-coach-wim-fissette-tennis


Michael:  check your PMs.



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Stircrazy wrote:
Michael D wrote:

I see Steven has posted another Stuart Fraser article in the Times, this time Wim Fissette speaking... However, since I can't access Times articles, I found also this week back article in the Guardian that has more info than the BBC article Helen posted above. If anyone does have access to the latest article, it would be good to read it.

www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/oct/18/johanna-konta-ends-association-with-coach-wim-fissette-tennis


Michael:  check your PMs.


Thanks SC, much appreciated! For me it's interesting that Jo clearly got into a rut post Wimbledon, which no-one in her team was really helping her get out of. And having built her surge up the rankings on mental strength, this seemed to be deserting her when she needed, which Fissette effectively confirms. But his remarks are surprisingly distant... as though, even though he was her coach, he was just watching her from afar. 

It will be interesting to see where - or with whom - Jo goes next. It also makes her split in Dec 16 with Esteban Carrill perhaps a little more strange, though I suppose the sudden death of Juan Coto, her mental coach, played into that. I would guess that Konta has been missing him somewhat over the last few months. So in what direction will she turn now, and how will she regroup for the new season? Hope she finds a way to recover her mojo...



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Maybe Cahill will get tired of Halep again and Jo can scoop him up.

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Jo confirmed to defend her Sydney title: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/defending-champion-konta-and-us-open-victor-stephens-confirmed-sydney



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The outstanding coaching achievement award over the last decade or so should surely go to Esteban Carrill, for taking a player in her mid-twenties, who had been treading water in the mid 100s in the rankings for some time, and catapulting her up to the top 10. I really hope they'll reunite.

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The outstanding coaching achievement award over the last decade or so should surely go to Esteban Carrill, for taking a player in her mid-twenties, who had been treading water in the mid 100s in the rankings for some time, and catapulting her up to the top 10. I really hope they'll reunite.


 yes, and I still don't really understand why Jo decided to split at the end of last year... I mean she made her case and did well enough for the first half of this year, but post WImbledon has really looked like she has missed having someone that fully understands her... and that Carrill did. 



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I see Angie K has snapped up Wissette for 2018.
No announcement yet on the team for Johanna, other than Fitzy.

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Michael Joyce, Sharapova's old coach, and who was temporarily with Vicky A this year, for Jo?

www.bbc.co.uk/sport/tennis/42081121

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WTA Insider caught up with Jo, including a 13 minute podcast with her; a 2017/18 review/forecast affair: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/award-winner-konta-praises-andy-murrays-support-womens-game



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Despite the second half of her year, Johanna still ranked right at the top of the 2017 serving stats on the WTA:
Service games won - 1st (79.3%)
Service points won - 2nd (62.8%)
1st serve points won - 9th (70.3 %)
2nd serve points won - 1st (50.6%)

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/sap-insights-who-was-best-server-2017



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Despite the second half of her year, Johanna still ranked right at the top of the 2017 serving stats on the WTA:
Service games won - 1st (79.3%)
Service points won - 2nd (62.8%)
1st serve points won - 9th (70.3 %)
2nd serve points won - 1st (50.6%)

http://www.wtatennis.com/news/sap-insights-who-was-best-server-2017


Thanks. While clearly to all Jo's serve is a strong point, I wasn't aware just how strong her serve was relative to all other players, and her percentages were presumably a fair bit better than that earlier in the season.



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They've done the aces rankings today. Johanna ranked 9th, with 241 Aces, from 52 matches.
However, if you take the top 10 list they published, and work out the Aces per match for each - which I did - Johanna moves up to 7th place, with an average of 4.634 Aces per match.

Overall Ace leader was Ka. Pliskova (452). Her sister, Kr. Pliskova, was the leader of the top 10 for Aces per match (8.267 - more than 1.5 clear of second place which was... you guessed it... Ka. Pliskova, again)

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Michael Joyce confirmed as Johanna's new coach: http://www.wtatennis.com/news/konta-confirms-her-choice-joyce-new-coach
Personally, I'm not pleased to see Johanna employing anyone linked to Sharapova, but wish her all the best in the new arrangement.



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