Maria Sharapova has taken major action after suffering through her worst Grand Slam showing since the 2010 Australian Open, with the world number two announcing a split with Swedish coach Thomas Hogstedt.
The Russian made her announcement on Facebook after a fortnight of silence following her second round exit from Wimbledon at the hands of Portugal’s Michelle Larcher de Brito.
“After almost three years of working together, Thomas Hogstedt and I decided to part ways. Due to personal issues, he was not able to travel in the near future and we both agreed it was the right time to move our separate ways.
“I am very thankful for all his work, and wish him much success in the future. I will be announcing my new coach in a few days. Very excited!” said the Facebook announcement.
Sharapova only recently ended a brief post-Wimbledon holiday — which included Stockholm and the Caribbean. Conspiracy theorists have suggested that something might not be right in the Sharapova camp, since Bulgarian boyfriend Grigor Dimitrov did not join her and was not mentioned at all in tweets.
During Wimbledon, British commentator Annabel Croft said that she believed Sharapova lost early due to the fact that she is in love, a comment which drew various reactions, but none from the four-time Grand Slam champion Sharapova herself.