World No.1 Osaka announces surprise coaching split

Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after second Grand Slam title

WIth Bajin as coach, Osaka rose from number 72 to the very summit of the world rankings in a year, winning back-to-back Grand Slams at the US Open and Australian Open.

Osaka hired Bajin in 2017 and enjoyed a meteoric rise during the time they worked together.

She also thanked Bajin and wished him "all the best in the future".

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

"I will no longer be working together with Sascha", tweeted the USA -based Japanese 21-year-old.

No further information has yet been given.

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The news comes just three weeks since Osaka's successful run to her second straight major title at the Australian Open, which launched her to World No.1.

Bajin was named WTA coach of the year for 2018.

Less than a half-hour after Osaka's tweet, Bajin responded to her on Twitter.

Osaka, who grew up in the US and speaks little Japanese, melted hearts when she fought back tears after her emotional US Open win over her idol Williams as booing echoed around the stadium. "Thank you for letting me be part of this".

"Behind every tennis player is a great team".

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