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After one match, Sharapova splits with Jimmy Connors as coach

August 16, 2013|By Diane Pucin
  • Jimmy Connors coaches Maria Sharapova as she plays Sloane Stephens.
Jimmy Connors coaches Maria Sharapova as she plays Sloane Stephens. (Matthew Stockman / Getty…)

After only 34 days and one upset loss to American Sloane Stephens in Cincinnati, Maria Sharapova has fired Jimmy Connors as her coach.

Sharapova released a statement that said, "It's not the right fit for this time in my career." Sharapova said she will play the U.S. Open later this month without a coach.

Connors, who won eight major tournaments, also had a brief experience coaching American Andy Roddick in 2008. That relationship lasted only 18 months.

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