Australian Open champion Naomi Osaka makes shock announcement

Naomi Osaka announces split with coach Sascha Bajin

Bajin, the 2018 WTA Coach of the Year, publicly responded, thanking the 21-year-old via his personal Twitter account.

"Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha", Osaka posted on Twitter on Monday.

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

The Associated Press Naomi Osaka 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.

Interestingly, Osaka's split with Bajin follows a pattern among the last few Grand Slam champions as both French Open champion Simona Halep and Wimbledon victor Angelique Kerber have parted ways with the coach that helped them win the Majors.

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Osaka hired Bajin before the 2018 season. 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.

Osaka, who became the first Asian to hold the top ranking after beating Czech Petra Kvitova in the Melbourne final on January 26, had worked with the German for just over a year.

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

Osaka defeated Serena Williams in a controversal US Open final to claim her first major title last September, also moving into top 10 for the first time.

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