Friday, 22 February, 2019

Osaka suddenly splits with coach

Naomi Osaka announces split with coach Sascha Bajin Naomi Osaka announces split with coach Sascha Bajin
Frederick Owens | 14 February, 2019, 10:58

The world No 1 will play her first tournament since her success in Melbourne at the WTA Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships next year and it will be her first without Bajin in her corner.

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. "I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future", Osaka wrote on Monday, reports Xinhua news agency.

The World Number one tennis player, Naomi Osaka announced her spilt up with her coach Sascha Bajin.

Under Bajin, Osaka rose from world number 72 at the start of 2018 to the summit of the rankings little over a year later. "Thank you for letting me be part of this", he said.

Osaka hired Bajin before the 2018 season.

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Some fans pointed out that she had not named him in her speech after her win at the Australian Open.

Alongside the German coach it took Osaka just 20 weeks to rise to No.1 after making her Top 10 debut.

Osaka defeated Serena Williams in a controversal US Open final to claim her first major title last September, also moving into top 10 for the first time.

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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