Sharapova splits with coach Hogstedt

by: Matt Cronin July 12, 2013

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Maria Sharapova has split with her coach of two-and-a-half years, Sweden’s Thomas Hogstedt. Sharapova and Hogstedt began to work together during the 2010 off-season, and he took over as her full-time coach from Michael Joyce in January 2011.

“Due to personal issues [Thomas] was not able to travel in the near future and we both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways," Sharapova said in a statement. "I am thankful for all of his work and wish him much success in the future.”

The quiet and thoughtful Hogstedt led Sharapova to her first Grand Slam title since 2008 when she won the 2012 French Open. She has had a reasonably successful year, winning Indian Wells and Stuttgart and reaching three other finals at Miami, Madrid, and Roland Garros, but she lost to world No. 1 Serena Williams at the latter three events. Just before Roland Garros, Joyce took her to task for playing too predictably against Williams.

At Wimbledon, qualifier Michelle Larcher de Brito shocked Sharapova in the second round.

The 26-year-old Sharapova said she would announce a new coach in the next couple of days.

 

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