Naomi Osaka Shocks Fans After Announcing Split with Coach Sascha Bajin

Naomi Osaka

Many fans were probably surprised to hear that Haitian-Japanese professional tennis player Naomi Osaka will no longer be working with her coach Sascha Bajin just weeks after winning the 2019 Australian Open.

Osaka made the announcement on Monday on her Twitter account.

Hey everyone, I will no longer be working together with Sascha. I thank him for his work and wish him all the best in the future,” the 21-year-old athlete wrote.

Osaka won back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments, including defeating Serena Williams in a last year’s memorable US Open final. This was followed up by another victory over Czech player Petra Kvitová in the 2019 Australian Open final last month – all under the guidance of her coach, Bajin.

Winning back-to-back Grand Slam tournaments is a rare and special achievement, and I’m thrilled these results have propelled Naomi to the top of the women’s game,” said American tennis player, Chris Evert, the first to become Women’s Tennis Association world number 1, according to AsiaOne. “Her exciting brand of tennis, coupled with the dignity she displays on and off court, is a winning combination that tennis fans really embrace.”

Under the announcement thread on Twitter, Osaka’s coach wished her luck moving forward in her career.

Thank you Naomi,” he said, adding, “I wish you nothing but the best as well. What a ride that was. Thank you for letting me be part of this.”

Featured images via YouTube and Instagram / WTA (left) and naomiosakatennis (right)

Support our Journalism with a Contribution

Many people might not know this, but despite our large and loyal following which we are immensely grateful for, NextShark is still a small bootstrapped startup that runs on no outside funding or loans.

Everything you see today is built on the backs of warriors who have sacrificed opportunities to help give Asians all over the world a bigger voice.

However, we still face many trials and tribulations in our industry, from figuring out the most sustainable business model for independent media companies to facing the current COVID-19 pandemic decimating advertising revenues across the board.

We hope you consider making a contribution so we can continue to provide you with quality content that informs, educates and inspires the Asian community. Even a $1 contribution goes a long way. Thank you for everyone’s support. We love you all and can’t appreciate you guys enough.

NextShark is a leading source covering Asian American News and Asian News including business, culture, entertainment, politics, tech and lifestyle.

For advertising and inquiries: info@nextshark.com