Osaka splits with coach Bajin

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File photo: 2 times Grand Slam Champion Naomi Osaka of Japan posing with Australian Open trophy after her victory in final match at 2019 Australian Open in Melbourne Park. Image: shutterstock

Naomi Osaka, winner of the past two grand slam tournaments, has parted ways with her coach Sascha Bajin.

Osaka became world number one when she won the Australian Open last month, after previously beating Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final in September.

“I will no longer be working together with Sascha,” tweeted the U.S.-based Japanese 21-year-old.

“I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future.”

Bajin replied to Osaka with a tweet of his own.

“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.”

Osaka hired Bajin in 2017 and enjoyed a meteoric rise during the time they worked together.

Reuters