World No 1 Naomi Osaka ends her successful partnership with tennis coach Sascha Bajin
- World No 1 Naomi Osaka has split from her tennis coach Sascha Bajin
- Naomi Osaka recently rose to world No 1 and won the Australian Open
- No reasons were given for the decision, but the split appears to be amicable
World No 1 Naomi Osaka has split from her coach Sascha Bajin.
The 21-year-old, who won the Australian Open last month and the US Open last year, announced on Monday that their successful partnership had come to an end.
No reasons were given.
World No 1 Naomi Osaka has announced she has split from her coach Sascha Bajin
With Sascha Bajin as her coach, Osaka won the Australian Open and went to world No 1
Osaka tweeted: ‘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 enjoyed a remarkable rise up the world rankings after first linking up with Bajin in the 2017 off-season. The Japanese player climbed from 72 to reach the top five during the course of 2018, when she won her first grand slam title, and then hit top spot after her success in Melbourne.
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.
He responded to Osaka’s tweet by replying: ‘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.’