Sharapova Fires Coach Connors After Losing Only Match Together
Sharapova hired Connors, 60, in mid-July after splitting with coach Thomas Hogstedt. She lost to Sloane Stephens in her first match in the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati this week after missing more than a month with a hip injury.
“It’s not the right fit for this time in my career,” Sharapova, 26, from Russia, said in a statement e-mailed to tennis.com.
Sharapova has won each of the four Grand Slam tournaments and has 29 career titles on the Women’s Tennis Association Tour and almost $27 million in career winnings.
The U.S. Open, the last of those four annual major tournaments, begins Aug. 26 in New York.
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