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Ana has appointed Australian Scott Byrnes as her new fitness trainer, having parted company with Switzerland’s Pierre Paganini. Byrnes, a distinguished conditioning coach, will work exclusively with Ana for between 100 and 150 days per year.
“Scott is a very talented trainer and, like my new coach David Taylor, a very nice guy who is fun to work with,” said Ana. “This is an important quality and I am confident that Scott will help me a lot with many areas of my game. I am very excited about my new coaching team.”
35-year-old Byrnes was formerly a fitness trainer at the Australian Institute of Sport, before taking up the same role with the Australian Fed Cup team. He worked alongside Taylor with Alicia Molik, whom the pair took from 138 to No.8 in the rankings, and also served as Anna Lena-Groenefeld’s fitness trainer.
“I’m very excited about working with Ana,” said Byrnes. “We’ve done almost three weeks of work. It’s been intense and already we’ve seen some pretty good results. She’s very gifted. She is a quick learner and retains the technique of a new activity very well.
“I’m looking forward to working with her in the coming years and helping her achieve her goal of becoming world No.1.”
Taylor said: “We’re taking a holistic approach to Ana’s fitness. She is working very hard on all areas, but of course we’re careful not to overdo it. We’re looking to build up Ana’s strength, court movement, quickness and power endurance. It’s not just about improving her stamina but about helping her recovery time and injury prevention.”
Ana decided to end her agreement with Paganini because the Swiss was unable to take on a sufficient workload due to his commitments with his countrymen Roger Federer and Stanislas Wawrinka, as well as the Swiss Davis Cup team.
“I am very grateful to Pierre for all the work that he did with me,” said Ana. “He’s a great fitness coach and we got on very well. He really improved my footwork, conditioning and some other areas of my game. I wish him all the best.”
Paganini echoed Ana’s sentiment. “I am very proud to have worked with Ana. I enjoyed it a lot,” he said. “She’s an unbelievable person and a great player. She has a great team and I wish her the very best. I think she will have a great career.”