World No. 1 Osaka surprisingly splits with coach

Two weeks after an Australian Open championship vaulted her to the WTA's No. 1 ranking at age 21, Naomi Osaka has ended her partnership with coach Sascha Bajin.

The move that stunned the tennis world was announced by Osaka herself via a Twitter post on Monday, with the top-ranked player offering a brief note of thanks.

"Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha," Osaka tweeted. "I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future."

Bajin later posted a reply on Twitter, thanking Osaka "for letting me be part of this."

Osaka is coming off her second consecutive Grand Slam title, with the Australian Open title in January coming on the heels of her break-through win at the U.S. Open over Serena Williams in September.

After first pairing with Bajin before the 2018 season, Osaka earned her first career singles title at the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., last March. The Japanese phenom cracked the WTA top 10 for the first time under Bajin's tutelage. The coach had just been awarded the first-ever WTA Coach of the Year honors in December.

Osaka is the first Japanese man or woman to be ranked No. 1 in the world.

--Field Level Media

02/11/2019 17:36

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