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Osaka splits with coach Bajin

Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after second Grand Slam title Naomi Osaka: World number one splits with coach Sascha Bajin
Cary Erickson | 12 February, 2019, 09:38

Naomi Osaka has surprisingly split from coach Sascha Bajin, a little more than two weeks after she won the Australian Open for a second consecutive Grand Slam title and moved to No. 1 in the WTA rankings.

Osaka posted a tweet on Monday that says she "will no longer be working together with Sascha".

Japan's Naomi Osaka celebrates with the championship trophy during the presentation ceremony after her victory against Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova in the women's singles final on day 13 of the Australian Open.

" Thanks to my team, I don't think I would have made it through this week without you". What a ride that was.

Despite her success alongside Bajin, Osaka confirmed the pair have parted ways on Twitter.

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"Thank you for letting me be part of this", he responded to Osaka's tweet.

Osaka, who withdrew from this week's Qatar Open due to a back injury, has not yet announced a replacement for Bajin.

The 34-year-old German coach spent eight years as Serena Williams' hitting partner, before spending a short stint with Caroline Wozniacki prior to his involvement with Osaka.

He replied to Osaka on Twitter by saying: "Thank you Naomi. Behind every tennis player is a great team".