Tennis

Maria Sharapova hires new coach after Wimbledon failure

Sharapova was beaten in Wimbledon's second round. (©GettyImages)
Sharapova was beaten in Wimbledon's second round. (©GettyImages).

World No. 2 Maria Sharapova has split with her coach Thomas Hogstedt, opting to replace him with former men's tennis great Jimmy Connors. 

The Russian was knocked out of this year's Wimbledon in the second round to relative unknown Michelle Larcher de Brito, but insists the decision was made because Hogstedt would be "unable to travel" with her in coming months.

Furthermore, Sharapova thanked Hogstedt for his work and wished him all the best for his future endeavours.

Connors worked with the 26-year-old prior to the Australian Open in 2008, a tournament which Sharapova went on to win, so the pair have already enjoyed success in their player-coach relationship.

Connors is not only an experienced player, having won eight Grand Slams of his own during his playing days, but is also the former coach of Andy Roddick from his glory days. 

While the American pair were working together, Roddick reached a US Open final, an Australian Open semi-final and two quarter finals at Wimbledon in two years. 

The former world No. 1 Connors tweeted about his new role. 

He said: "Excited to be working with four-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. Adding to that number is the goal. Looking forward to some fun and hard work!"

Sharapova and Connors have a tough task on their hands with female tennis seemingly being dominated by Serena Williams, a woman who seems to mentally have Sharapova beaten before their encounters even begin. 

Connors will have to work on the consistency of ground stroke, second serve and mentality of Sharapova if they are to build on her tally of Grand Slam wins.


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