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Maria Sharapova fires new coach Jimmy Connors after just 1 match

Well that escalated quickly.

Maria Sharapova serves during her loss to American Sloane Stephens on Tuesday.
Maria Sharapova serves during her loss to American Sloane Stephens on Tuesday.
Image: Michael E. Keating/AP/Press Association Images

AFTER HER LOSS to Sloane Stephens at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati on Tuesday, many thought she and her new coach Jimmy Connors would have a lot to work on.

Instead, the 2-6, 7-6, 6-3 loss turned out to be the pair’s only match as player and coach after the Russian star’s agent announced they had split on Friday.

While many had their doubts about the relationship in the first place – despite winning eight Grand Slams, Connors’ only other coaching experience was a 18-month stint with Andy Roddick – few would have thought it would end so quickly.

However, on Thursday Connors tweeted:

The tweet sparked speculation the experiment was at an end and the world number three’s agent confirmed that was the case on Friday.

Additional reporting from AFP.

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