Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova hit the Asian circuit with a new coach – longtime Garbiñe Muguruza coach Sam Sumyk.
Sumyk and Muguruza (who also is in Osaka) parted ways after Wimbledon, after nearly four years.
Pavlyuchenkova worked with Rob Steckley during the summer. But Steckley doesn’t want to travel at the moment; the trial with Sumyk in Asia reportedly was agreed to earlier this summer.
The Russian crushed Dayana Yastremska (ranked higher, at a career-best No. 28) in 55 minutes Monday in Osaka.
Meanwhile, Germany’s Angelique Kerber is trying it out with countryman Dirk Dier, after splitting with Rainer Schüttler.