TENNIS: Maria Sharapova names Jimmy Connors as her new coach
World number two Maria Sharapova has named eight-time Grand Slam title winner Jimmy Connors as her new coach.
The 26-year-old Russian, who lost in the second round of Wimbledon to Michelle Larcher de Brito, announced she had split with coach Thomas Hogstedt.
Sharapova worked with American Connors in 2008, just before the Australian Open.
She won three Grand Slam tournaments between 2004 and 2008, adding the French Open in 2012 to her list of major titles.
Connors previously coached Andy Roddick, who he helped reach the final of the US Open in 2006, the semi-finals of the Australian Open in 2007 and the quarter-finals of both Wimbledon and the US Open that year before they split in March 2008.
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