WTA Rising Star Sloane Stephens has decided to part ways with coach Paul Annacone after eight months.
Stephens hired Annacone last December to take her game to the next level. The two clicked very well off court and in practice sessions, but couldn't transfer that into success on court.
Stephens started the year on the cusp of breaking into the Top 10 at No.12, but has since fallen out of the Top 20, currently ranked No.22. Her next tournament will be the Citi Open in Washington DC.
The 21-year-old told USA Today Sports, "Based on the conversations Paul and I had after Wimbledon, we both feel like it would be a good idea for me to have a fresh start leading into the summer hardcourt swing. I've learned a lot over our past eight months together and now just need to meld them into my long term plan. Paul is one of the top coaches in the world and will remain a close friend and confidant. I can't thank him enough for his time and continued support."
Annacone had nothing but kind words for Stephens and still thinks she has a bright future.
Thx for the opportunity @sloanetweets looking forward to seeing you holding trophies!
? Paul Annacone (@paul_annacone) July 23, 2014