Maria Sharapova was knocked out of the Indian Wells by Naomi Osaka in straight sets. Sharapova has not managed to return to her best, since returning from her doping ban. Sharapova has just managed to rack up a 21-11 win-loss record, since her return to professional tennis. This week however, she has made a big decision regarding her future in the near time.
The Russian has decided to part ways with her long time coach Sven Groeneveld, who helped her win the French open title in 2014. They have been together since 2014, through Sharapova’s doping ban. However, the accumulation of losses over the past few months, and more recently the Indian wells exit, has forced the former French open champion to rethink her strategies. The decision has been mutual according to Sharapova’s comments.
Sharapova thanked him for four years of wonderful memories, and wished him luck for the future. “Although we have mutually agreed to part ways during this time, I have been incredibly fortunate to have a team leader like him in my corner for the past four years,” she said. “I would like to thank Sven for his incredible loyalty, work ethic and most importantly the friendship that we have formed that will go beyond this working partnership”, Maria added.
The Dutch coach, Sven Groeneveld, has previously worked with big players before Maria, including Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Serbian Ana Ivanovic, Australian open champion Caroline Wozniacki and Britain’s Greg Rusedski.
He respected Sharapova’s decision, and said he had nothing but reverence for one of the most hard-working players on the tour. “Maria has been one of the most hardworking and professional players I have ever worked with and I have the deepest respect for her as a player and person,” Sven Groeneveld commented.
The Russian has dropped to world number 41 on the WTA rankings, and will be looking for a new coach to help her ascend the rankings.