Osaka splits with coach Jenkins

Osaka splits with coach Jenkins

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Tokyo, Sep 13 : Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka announced that she will no longer be working with coach Jermaine Jenkins, who joined her team in late February.

"I'm super grateful for the time we spent together and the things I learned on and off the court but I feel like now is (an) appropriate time for a change," the world No 4 wrote on Twitter on Thursday. 34 year-old Jenkins was hired after the Japanese star abruptly split with coach Sascha Bajin just weeks after winning her second consecutive Grand Slam at the Australian Open and becoming world No 1.

However, the 21-year-old has not reached the final of a tournament since she hired Jenkins, a former hitting partner for Venus Williams as well as the United States Tennis Association national coach for women's tennis. In her first attempted title defence, at the US Open in New York this month, the 21-year-old was knocked out in the round of 16 by Belinda Bencic of Switzerland.

Osaka also made a third-round exit at the French Open before losing in the first round at Wimbledon in July. (XINHUA)