World No.1 Naomi Osaka has ended her successful partnership with coach Sascha Bajin. The 21-year-old announced the news on Monday on Twitter.
"Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha," Osaka wrote. "I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future."
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The news comes just two weeks since Osaka's successful run to her second straight major title at the Australian Open, which launched her to World No.1.
Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha. I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future.
— NaomiOsaka大坂なおみ (@Naomi_Osaka_) February 11, 2019
Bajin responded to the tweet. "Thank you Naomi. I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this."
No other statements have been issued.
Thank you Naomi 🙏🏽 I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this.
— sascha Bajin (@BigSascha) February 11, 2019
Osaka hired Bajin during the 2017 off-season and the pair experienced near-immediate success. Osaka would go on to win her first WTA title at the BNP Paribas Open last March and solidified her status at the top of the game with her inspired run to her first major title at the US Open last fall, qualifying for her first BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global.
Aahhhh! I’m speechless and turning a bit red. Such an honor. 🙏🏽 It wouldn’t have happened without my team around me who did amazing work this whole year and Naomi who had the biggest part in all this. Easy to be a good coach when you have a great student. Thanks to you all ❤️ https://t.co/2Qryd1xeLS
— sascha Bajin (@BigSascha) December 10, 2018
Bajin was awarded the first WTA Coach of the Year award during the off-season. Prior to working with Osaka, Bajin served as the primary hitting partner for Serena Williams and a hitting partner/consultant for Caroline Wozniacki, Sloane Stephens, and Victoria Azarenka.
Osaka's next scheduled event is the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, a Premier 5 event, which begins next week.
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