At the 2006 DFS Classic she reached the semi-finals but lost to Vera Zvonareva, who then won the title.
Sumyk and Azarenka have been together for about five years. His strength seems to be building confidence in a player so that they can maximize their game.
Bouchard needs someone to break her "game" down to the studs, someone who will start from "let's see if you can hit the ball over the net" and help her to think on court instead of bashing the ball over the net with all the subtlety of someone wielding a sledgehammer.
There's a lot of snark around about how Sumyk dumped the superior player but someone thinks he can make her a Slam winner otherwise he wouldn't be there.
Doesn't this remind you of the Li Na situation where she found out Thomas Hogstedt would be coaching Maria Sharapova either online or in the newspaper? If someone who has known her for years said publicly that he didn't want to travel anymore rather than coach her (that's the tennis equivalent of a politician saying he's resigning to spend more time with his family by the way) I don't know if Sumyk is ready for the ego he's going to be dealing with.
Then, in April of 2000, she took ITF title in Moscow.
She had her first grand victory in October of that same year in Surgut (Russia) – Vera became the champion of Russia after defeating Elena Bovina in the final.Prior to 2010, Sumyk coached Russian Vera Zvonareva, who first entered the top ten briefly in 2004 before injuries threatened to derail her career.After the pair split in 2009, Sumyk switched with António van Grichen and became the coach of Victoria Azarenka.by Savannah With the above selfie, captioned "Let's start with a selfie Serious Sam" Eugenie Bouchard confirmed what Canadian journalist Stephanie Myles reported early Friday morning, that Sam Sumyk was now her coach.Most fans waited for formal announcements from both Bouchard and Victoria Azarenka but it seems that's not what's going to happen.The interesting part is that Sumyk's wife, Meilen Tu, the former player, is Victoria Azarenka's agent and works for Lagardere, the French PR firm. Bouchard left Lagardere for IMG and Jill Smoller, Serena Williams long time agent, is now the lead person on her account. With no formal announcement that situation, as I type this, is unknown.