World number 41 and a five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova is yet to make an impact on the WTA Tour since she came back in April last year, winning just one WTA title and not making a great start of 2018 either. Sharapova has lost the last three matches she played against Angelique Kerber, Monica Niculescu and Naomi Osaka and she was forced to make some cuts and changes, deciding to split with her coach Sven Groeneveld.
The Dutchman previously worked with Monica Seles, Arantxa Sanchez Vicario, Mary Pierce, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Wozniacki, also being part of the Adidas tennis program, and he started to coach Sharapova in 2014. They won seven WTA titles together, including 2014 Roland Garros, and he stayed with her during the suspension.
Many tennis fans agreed that Sven didn't improve Maria's game but rather helped her in a mental way and she will have to find the new solution now in order to get back on the track and restore the position she held before that long break.
"After four successful and challenging years of collaboration together, 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.
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."
“Maria has been one of the most hardworking and professional players I have ever worked with.ALSO READ: ATP Indian Wells: Auger-Aliassime writes history books. De Minaur wins
Her strength and fighting spirit will continue to be a force to reckon with and I have the deepest respect for her as a player and person.”