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Tennis: Naomi Osaka parts ways with coach Sascha Bajin

Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka announced Monday that she has parted ways with coach Sascha Bajin, two weeks after becoming the first player from Asia to top either the men’s or women’s singles rankings.

«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,» the 21-year-old winner of back-to-back Grand Slams tweeted.

Bajin responded on Twitter, «I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this.»

The 34-year-old German, formerly a hitting partner for Serena Williams, has been credited with helping Osaka improve the mental aspect of her game during her breakthrough 2018 season.

«Under Bajin’s tutelage, Osaka became just the 10th woman in history to win the U.S. Open and Australian Open back-to-back and the first-ever Asian World No. 1 (male or female) following her triumph at the 2019 AO,» according to the Women’s Tennis Association. Bajin was named WTA coach of the year for 2018.

Osaka’s triumph at the Australian Open last month ended Romanian Simona Halep’s 48-week reign atop the WTA rankings.

All — Kyodo News+

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