Sharapova upbeat on coach call

World number two Maria Sharapova (11/2 US Open outright) has announced that she has parted ways with coach Thomas Hogstedt and will reveal his replacement in the next few days.

Sharapova worked alongside the Swede for three years as she aimed to try and assert her dominance on the court.

The 26-year-old completed the career Grand Slam in 2012 by clinching the French Open title, which had been so elusive in the past.

Sharapova has struggled to carry that momentum through to 2013, losing in the final of the French Open to Serena Williams (5/6 US Open outright) as well as making an early second round exit at Wimbledon.

The Olympic silver medallist believes that it is the right time to try and explore different avenues and insists she is excited about opening a new chapter with a different coach.

Sharapova said: “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!”

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