Maria Sharapova to be coached by Jimmy Connors

Updated: Jul 13, 2013, 19:43 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Ending speculations over who her new coach would be, Maria Sharapova on Saturday announced Jimmy Connors as her new coach.

Maria confirmed the news on her website, “I am happy to announce that Jimmy Connors will be my new coach. I have known Jimmy for many years and we briefly worked together in 2008 just before the Australian Open. I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments.”

It will be interesting to see how the eight-time Grand Slam winner Jimmy Connors shapes up Sharapova’s career now. Sharapova won her last grand slam, the French Open, in 2012.

After Sharapova crashed out of the second round at the 2013 Wimbledon Championships last week, she announced ending ties with her Swedish coach Thomas Hogstedt on Thursday.

She stated that due to personal issues, Hogstedt will not be able to travel in the near future and they both agreed it was the right time to go their separate ways.

"I am very thankful for all his work, and wish him much success in the future," Sharapova said on her website.

Hogstedt joined Sharapova at the end of 2010 season and helped her win the French Open and retain the number one ranking after coming out of her shoulder injury.