Naomi Osaka splits with coach Sascha Bajin after breakthrough year

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Naomi Osaka enjoyed a breakthrough year alongside coach Sascha Bajin, but the two have parted ways.
Naomi Osaka enjoyed a breakthrough year alongside coach Sascha Bajin, but the two have parted ways.

Naomi Osaka has split with coach Sascha Bajin, the world No. 1 announced Monday.

Bajin became the first recipient of the WTA Coach of the Year award after helping Osaka take her game to new heights in a breakthrough year in 2018.

Osaka claimed the first WTA title of her career at Indian Wells in March, defeating Maria Sharapova, Karolina Pliskova and Simona Halep en route to the title. Osaka secured her first grand slam title at the US Open, beating Serena Williams in a final.

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The 21-year-old added the Australian Open to her growing list of honors in January and consequently topped the world rankings for the first time in her career.

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

"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."

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

He replied to Osaka on Twitter by saying: "Thank you Naomi. I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride it was. Thank you for letting me be part of this."

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