Osaka splits with coach Bajin

Naomi Osaka and Sascha Bajin

Naomi Osaka has announced her split from coach Sascha Bajin, just weeks after winning her second successive Grand Slam title. "I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future", Osaka said. Under Bajin's tutelage, she held her first title in at Indian Wells in March past year and made her major breakthrough at Flushing Meadows by defeating Serena Williams in the final.

Bajin has previously worked with Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka as a hitting partner.

Osaka hired Bajin ahead of the 2018 WTA season and the pair didn't take long to click on court. "Thank you for letting me be part of this" he tweeted.

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Osaka will next appear in Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, beginning next week.

The US based player has enjoyed a meteoric rise to the big time after leaping from 72 in the world to number one in the past 12 months after beginning to work with Bajin in the off-season of 2017. Osaka's Twitter feed lit up in response to her announcement, with several memes expressing widespread disbelief - including a shrugging Barack Obama, a confused Joey from American sitcom "Friends" and a Minions character screaming "WHAAAAT?"

Australian Open women's champion Naomi Osaka has shocked the tennis world after announcing she has split from her coach.

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