Naomi Osaka Splits From Coach

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World number one, Naomi Osaka has split from her coach, Sascha Bajin more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open.

Osaka enjoyed a year of rare success ascending from world No.72 to top of the rankings with a pair of grand slam titles to boot, CNN reports.

The Japanese star’s rapid rise would, on the surface at least, suggest a player-coach relationship in fine working order.
 
Yet 16 days after securing Australian Open glory against Petra Kvitova in Melbourne, the 21-year-old and her coach Sascha Bajin have announced a shock split. Few details have been released other than a short tweet apiece from the pair.
 
Osaka tweeted simply: “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.”
 
Bajin responded in similar style, saying: “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.”
 
The decision comes just months after Bajin spoke of his desire for his partnership with Osaka to continue in the long-term.
 
In an August interview with the WTA’s official website, he said: “I believe in longevity and that if you work with someone for a longer period of time you can work more efficiently.”

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