Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Osaka in shock split with tennis coach

Osaka in shock split with tennis coach

There was a sense of shock as Naomi Osaka announced on Monday night that she had split from her coach Sascha Bajin, just 17 days after completing back-to-back Grand Slam victories at the Australian Open.

Bajin, who has previously worked as hitting partner for Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens and Victoria Azarenka, was named WTA coach of the year in 2018.

The 21-year-old Osaka beat Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open final on January 26, adding to her championship at the U.S. Open last September.

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He replied to Osaka on Twitter by saying: "Thank you Naomi". She also thanked Bajin and wished him "all the best in the future".

Bajin had suggested that he was in for the "long haul" with Osaka in an interview late previous year, but no explanation has yet been given for the decision for the pair to split.

"Thank you for letting me be part of this", he responded to Osaka's tweet.

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Osaka hired Bajin before the 2018 season.

During that period, she won the prestigious Indian Wells tournament before scooping her first major in NY, while Bajin was named WTA coach of the year.

Osaka, who is scheduled to compete in Dubai next week, began sounding out potential replacements late previous year, local media reported.

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She was born in Japan - her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian - before moving to the United States when she was three years old.

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