Tennis: Osaka in shock split with tennis coach

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Feb 12 2019 06:45 AM

FILE PHOTO: Tennis - Brisbane International - Women's Quarter Finals - Pat Rafter Arena, Brisbane, Australia, January 3, 2019 Japan's Naomi Osaka with coach Sascha Bajin before her match against Latvia's Anastasija Sevastova. Patrick Hamilton, Reuters

PARIS - Naomi Osaka has split from her coach Sascha Bajin just weeks after the 21-year-old added the Australian Open to her first Grand Slam at the US Open last year, the Japanese player announced Monday.

"Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha. I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future," Osaka said.

The coach also took to Twitter to comment on the matter

"Thank you Naomi. I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this," he said.

The US-based player has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the big time after rising from 72 in the world to number 1 in the past 12 months.

She became the first Asian to hold the top ranking after downing Czech Petra Kvitova in a tight final in Australia after beating Serena Williams in a memorable US Open final last year in which she won many fans for her grace under pressure.