Naomi Osaka announces split with coach Sascha Bajin

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Last month, Osaka was triumphant again at Rod Laver Arena, winning the Australian Open against Petra Kvitova to move into pole position in the world rankings, with Bajin being honored with the inaugural WTA Coach of the Year Award 2018 for his part in the successes. Under Bajin's tutelage, she held her first title in at Indian Wells in March past year and made her major breakthrough at Flushing Meadows by defeating Serena Williams in the final.

"I will no longer be working together with Sascha", she tweeted.

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Naomi Osaka has split with coach Sascha Bajin, the world number one announced on Monday.

Under Bajin's guidance Osaka rose from number 72 to the top of the world rankings within a year, taking out back-to-back Grand Slams at the United States and Australian Opens.

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'I wish you nothing but the best as well, ' he responded. In his first true stint as a coach, he joined with Osaka in December 2017 and helped her win her first career title at Indian Wells last March. At the Australian Open, the then 20-year-old reached the fourth round after defeating two top twenty players in Elena Vesnina and Australia's Ash Barty.

By winning a second grand slam and becoming world No 1, she firmly established herself as at the forefront of the next generation of women players.

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