Osaka splits with coach Bajin

Silvia Morton
February 12, 2019

World tennis number one Naomi Osaka has split from her coach Sascha Bajin just 17 days after completing back-to-back Grand Slam victories at the Australian Open.

'Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha (Bajin),' Osaka tweeted.

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

Osaka claimed the first WTA title of her career at Indian Wells in March, defeating Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep en route to the title.

The 21-year-old, who won the Australian Open last month and the US Open last year, announced on Monday that their successful partnership had come to an end.

According to Japan's Nikkan Sports, some practice sessions with Bajin at the Australian Open lasted just 10 minutes and she sometimes hit without him being present.

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" Thanks to my team, I don't think I would have made it through this week without you". "Thank you for letting me be part of this".

The 21-year-old beat Petra Kvitova in three sets in the Australian Open final on January 26.

Osaka is the first player from Asia to grace the top of the women's or men's world tennis rankings.

That added to her championship at the U.S. Open last September, when she defeated Serena Williams in straight sets.

Bajin won't take long to attract new suitors - he has previously worked with Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.

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