World No.13 Aryna Sabalenka recently announced on Instagram the end of her coaching relationship with former player Dmitry Tursunov. “Thank you for everything and all the best in your future!” Sabalenka said in a post.
Sabalenka began working with Tursunov which was followed by her starking rise up the rankings last summer. She captured a pair of titles at New Haven and Wuhan, and started the 2019 season with a run to the Shenzhen Open title.
It is ironic that this split comes a few days after Sabalenka showed immense confidence in her coach following her win over fellow Belarusian Victoria Azarenka. "We’ve had a lot of conversations; I don’t know how many, and they’re still happening, these conversations,” Sabalenka said.
“I’m actually happy to have him by my side because he’s professional and he knows me better than others. I don’t think I can trust anyone like I trust Dmitry, and that’s important." Tursunov also took to social media to appreciate Sabalenka, saying, “What a ride it was!
It was truly the best and most fulfilling time, where I found myself and my purpose”. He added, “I hope to draw some lessons as a coach and a person and get better at helping players fulfill their potential”. Sabalenka will be back in action at the Zhengzhou Open in China following her second round loss at the US Open.