Published: Thu, February 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Osaka splits with coach Bajin

Osaka splits with coach Bajin

The announcement brings an abrupt end to a hugely successful partnership that lasted a little over a year.

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.

"Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha", Osaka wrote.

Naomi Osaka has split with coach Sascha Bajin, the world number one announced on Monday.

Interestingly, Osaka's split with Bajin follows a pattern among the last few Grand Slam champions as both French Open champion Simona Halep and Wimbledon victor Angelique Kerber have parted ways with the coach that helped them win the Majors. What a ride that was. "Thank you for letting me be part of this", he said. At the Australian Open, the then 20-year-old reached the fourth round after defeating two top twenty players in Elena Vesnina and Australia's Ash Barty.

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Osaka withdrew from this week's Qatar Open, citing a back injury.

Osaka secured her first grand slam title at the US Open, beating Serena Williams in a final that was overshadowed by the 23-time major winner's argument with umpire Carlos Ramos.

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

She was born in Japan - her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian - and moved to the United States when she was 3.

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