Kristina Mladenovic and Sascha Bajin part ways after six months


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Kristina Mladenovic and Sascha Bajin part ways after six months

The French no. 1 and world no. 39 Kristina Mladenovic will not work with Sascha Bajin in 2020, as they decided to part ways after Moscow. Finishing 2017 season just outside the top-10, Kristina lost the ground in the next season after suffering many early losses to drop out from the top-40.

Unable to make desired changes and improvements, Mladenovic claimed only three wins in the first three of months this season, reaching the quarter-final in Monterrey and Istanbul to at least grab some triumphs and points.

In Turkey, Kristina started to work with Sascha Bajin, one of the most notable coaches on the Tour who had previously led Naomi Osaka towards two Major crown and world no. 1 spot. Under the guidance of Bajin, Mladenovic found her old for again, defeating Belinda Bencic, Ashleigh Barty and Caroline Garcia en route to the quarter-final and embracing a challenging schedule in the next couple of months to return where she belongs.

Still, the results were not there in the upcoming eight tournaments or so, finding the rhythm again in Zhengzhou where she toppled Elina Svitolina before hitting the exit door early in Osaka, Wuhan and Beijing, delivering better tennis in Linz and Moscow to end the regular season in the top-40.

Kristina still has to play the Fed Cup final in Perth against Australia in November and will have to seek for another coach, not happy about Bajin's decision to leave her but feeling confident in her abilities ahead of 2020.

"I am very disappointed with Sascha's decision not to continue our relationship next season. I enjoyed our work, we had some great wins and I truly felt my game was on the rise again. I think that there was a lot more to achieve together but I can't change his opinion & decision.

On my side, I am proud of my year & progress and I will keep working hard and build strength to be even better in 2020"