Maria Sharapova splits from coach

Maria Sharapova

Former world No. 1 Maria Sharapova has "mutually agreed" to split with her Dutch coach Sven Groeneveld.

The former Wimbledon victor has recently returned from a 15-month doping ban for taking meldonium in 2016.

But the 30-year-old Russian has won just five matches this year.

In a news release, Sharapova said, "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".

Former ATP professional Groeneveld had previously worked with a host of Grand Slam champions including Monica Seles, Arantxa Sánchez Vicario and Mary Pierce.

The former world number one, and twice a victor in the California desert, suffered a stunning defeat on Wednesday to Japanese No. 1 Naomi Osaka, losing in straight sets, 6-4, 6-4.

Maria Sharapova has announced that she has parted ways with coach Sven Groeneveld "by mutual agreement" after four years.

Meanwhile, Sharapova has rued her ouster from this year's Indian Wells.

Russian Sharapova won seven titles during her time with Groeneveld, most notably the 2014 French Open.

"I tried not to get overconfident about that (win against Sharapova) and focused on playing my own game", said Osaka, now ranked 44th in the world. "I would have loved to stay longer it is just not going to happen this year", she added.

Earlier this year, she reached the third round of the Australian Open before losing to Angelique Kerber.

Her last win came in the second round of the Australian Open in January, and she remains outside the world's top 40 - 10 months after returning to the tour.

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