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Maria Sharapova splits with coach

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Thomas Hogstedt (left) helped Maria Sharapova get back to No. 1 after shoulder surgery. (Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Maria Sharapova has split with coach Thomas Hogstedt, according to an announcement on her official website.

“After almost 3 years of working together, Thomas Hogstedt and I decided to part ways,” the statement read. “Due to personal issues, he was not able to travel in the near future and we both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways. I am very thankful for all his work, and wish him much success in the future.”

Sharapova hired Hogstedt at the end of 2010 to serve as a “co-coach” with her then hitting partner/coach, Michael Joyce. Hogstedt joined the team when Sharapova was ranked No. 18 in her comeback from shoulder surgery and had not progressed past the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament since she won the Australian Open in 2008.

Once Hogstedt took over full-time coaching duties at the start of 2011, her results took off. That year she made the French Open semifinals and Wimbledon final and won two WTA Premier titles. The team improved Sharapova’s footwork and balance while reshaping her game to play with more margin and use more topspin to keep herself in the rallies. That work paid off in 2012, when she won the French Open to complete her career Grand Slam and recaptured the No. 1 ranking for the first time since before her shoulder surgery. She also won the silver medal at the Olympics and made the Australian Open final and U.S. Open semifinal.

Sharapova made her second straight French Open final this year and has won two Premier titles (Indian Wells and Stuttgart). She will announce her new coach in the coming days.

Sharapova isn’t the only high-profile player to announce a coaching change. Ana Ivanovic has parted ways with Nigel Sears, her coach since July 2011. Ivanovic had hired Sears away from his position as Head of Women’s Tennis at the LTA.

A statement on Ivanovic’s website read: “Ana and Nigel Sears’ coaching agreement has come to an end by mutual agreement. Briton Sears was appointed as coach in July 2011 on a two-year contract, which the pair have chosen not to renew.”

Under Sears’ tutelage, Ivanovic reached her highest ranking since 2009 (No. 12) but won just one title.

“I’d like to thank Nigel for his dedication and professionalism,” Ivanovic’s statement read. ” I enjoyed working with him.”

Sears, who has also worked with Amanda Coetzer and Daniela Hantuchova, is the father of Andy Murray’s girlfriend, Kim.

  • Published On Jul 11, 2013
  • 13 comments
    djchris386
    djchris386

    How can he/she play in the Oylmpics after so many years as a pro? 

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    her incessant screaming got on his nerves. he no longer wanted to be associated with her as her coach. he was too embarrassed!

    spystud
    spystud

    Wow, Maria's split is shocking. Seemingly came out of nowhere.

    djchris386
    djchris386

    Ok, pros are allowed; if the Olympics could get rid of cheating Ruskies, it would worth allowing pros. 

    ChrisM
    ChrisM

    @cleopatra209 Wow...like clock work...way to be one dimensional.  As soon as I saw an article on Masha I figured I'd find you here, being the jealous hater you are....LOL!!!!

    Do you wake up and start looking for things written on the worlds highest paid female athlete, with model looks, and a career grand slam...just so you can cling onto the tired old..."wahh wahhh...she's all loud and stuff, me no like it" themed comment?

    If so you must get exhausted, because with Maria something is going on in her life that people want to write about most everyday.  If must suck to be the living stereotype of the boring chick who hates the pretty girl.  GROW UP.

    spystud
    spystud

    As usual, you're an idiot.

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    @ChrisM hey sista,

     last  time i looked i was in america and can say whatever i want. she is a screaming banshee and is an embarrassment to the professional women's tennis tour. because you think that with her HULK SHOULDERS AND SCREAMS, MAKES HER ATTRACTIVE does not make it so. model looks, really, do you notice the fat hanging over the arms of her ugly tennis outfits and the lines developing around her SCREAMING MOUTH. you wishing that you knew her makes you a dreamer. wake up, TROLL. stop worshipping a second rate tennis player, who cannot beat her main competion in 9 years. GROW UP DREAMER!!

    ChrisM
    ChrisM

    @cleopatra209 Further, what has to suck more is the fact that coming back at me for calling you out will further prove me right...LMAO!

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    @spystud  guess it takes one to know one "wanna be a stud" once again you have attacked me for no reason. whenever i see one of your inane comments, expect an attack! Wow, SCREAMAPOVA SPLIT IS SHOCKING, Seemingly came out of nowhere. no it wasn't, WANNA BE A STUD. HE WAS EMBARRASSED TO BE HER COACH and by her INCESSANT AND CONSTANT SCREAMING, EVERYTIME SHE STRIKES THE BALL!!

    I D I O T!!!

    you must really like that loud, hulk shouldered screaming BANSHEE??

    djchris386
    djchris386

    @cleopatra209 @ChrisM He/she sulks, roll its eyeballs when Serena demolishes it, and is a liar to boot: it claims there is no support for athletes in Russia. 

    cleopatra209
    cleopatra209

    @ChrisM you and wanna be a stud are thinking with the flaccid matter........between your......... ears. let's see if JC can make her scream even louder?