Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after second Grand Slam title

Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after second Grand Slam title

World No.1 Naomi Osaka has ended her successful partnership with coach Sascha Bajin.

She became the first Asian to hold the top ranking after downing Czech Petra Kvitova in a tight final in Australia after beating Serena Williams in a memorable US Open final previous year in which she won many fans for her grace under pressure.

The Japanese 21-year-old, whose win in Melbourne sealed back-to-back Grand Slam titles, worked with the German for just over a year.

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

She also thanked Bajin and wished him "all the best in the future".

Less than a half-hour after Osaka's tweet, Bajin responded to her on Twitter.

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Bajin had suggested that he was in for the "long haul" with Osaka in an interview late past year, but no explanation has yet been given for the decision for the pair to split.

Bajin thanked Osaka and said he wished her "nothing but the best".

Adding her third victory to her growing list of honours in January, Osaka credited her team and Bajin, for their part in her rapid rise to Grand Slam success.

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

"Behind every tennis player is a great team".

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