Naomi Osaka splits with coach two weeks after winning Australian Open

Australian Open champ Naomi Osaka splits with coach

Australian Open champ Naomi Osaka splits with coach

Bajin was named WTA coach of the year for 2018.

Naomi Osaka, victor of the past two grand slam tournaments, has parted ways with her coach Sascha Bajin.

Bajin replied to Osaka with a tweet of his own.

"Thanks to my team, I don't think I would have made it through this week without you", she said after her Australian Open triumph. What a ride that was. "Thank you for letting me be part of this", he said.

Osaka hired Bajin before the 2018 season.

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He is a former hitting partner of Grand Slam champions Serena Williams, Victoria Azarenka and Caroline Wozniacki.

She became the first Asian to hold the top ranking after downing Czech Petra Kvitova in a tight final in Australia after beating Serena Williams in a memorable US Open final previous year in which she won many fans for her grace under pressure.

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

Osaka withdrew from this week's Qatar Open, citing a back injury.

She was born in Japan - her mother is Japanese, her father is Haitian - and moved to the United States when she was 3.

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