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Ana Ivanovic parts company with coach

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Former world number one, Ana Ivanovic, announced on Wednesday that she has parted company with coach Nemanja Kontic.

The news was broken via the former world number one’s website that they have not been able to agree terms on a new contract after “amicable discussions”.

One year

Kontic’s deal with the 26-year-old ran out at the end of Wimbledon, and their partnership has come to an end after one year of working together.

The statement read: “Ana and Nemanja Kontic have ended their coaching partnership by mutual agreement.

“Kontic’s contract expired after Wimbledon and, after amicable discussions, the pair decided not to renew it.

“Ana plans to appoint a new coach in the coming weeks.”

Success

The now world number 11 had some successful moments with her compatriot, as he guided her to three singles title in 2014, after failing to win a singles title in the previous two years, with her most recent in June, at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham.

The 2008 French Open champion, reached the quarter-finals of the Australian Open last January after beating top seed Serena Williams in the fourth round, though she would have been disappointed with third round exits at the French Open and Wimbledon, where she was beaten by German Sabine Lisicki.

Kontic began working with Ivanovic after last year’s Wimbledon, when she was beaten in the second round by Eugenie Bouchard and split from her previous coach Nigel Sears.

Sears had overseen her rise back from being as low as 22 in the world, and she cited that a more relaxed attitude from Kontic had lead her to more success in 2014.

Reasons uncertain 

It is unclear though as to why the pair were not able to agree on a new contract, and as of yet no potential replacements have surfaced.

Ivanovic is not the only big name on the women’s tour to be seeking a new coach, as world number two Li Na parted with her coach Carlos Rodriguez after a surprise third round loss at Wimbledon to Barbara Zahlavova Strycova.

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Expectations have lowered from the days when Ivanovic was world number one, as she reached three Grand Slam finals in the space of a year between 2007 and 2008.

Ivanovic is not far off another Grand Slam

It has been six years since Belgrade-born Ivanovic was last ranked at number one, though there is a chance that she could be seeded in the top eight for this year’s US Open, depending on her form on hard courts over the next two months.

She is next scheduled to play in three tournaments before taking part in the final Grand Slam of the year, with the first of which being at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford at the end of July.

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