Maria Sharapova split with her coach Sven Groeneveld

Mar 7, 2018; Indian Wells, CA, Maria Sharapova (RUS) in her first round match against Naomi Osaka (not pictured) at the BNP Paribas Open at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Stosur won the match. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

Vastavam web: Former world number one Maria Sharapova said on Friday she had split with her coach Sven Groeneveld, two days after losing a third consecutive match for the first time since 2003.The news comes after Sharapova, who said the decision to end their four-year partnership was “mutually agreed”, was beaten by 44th-ranked Naomi Osaka in the first round of the BNP Paribas Open in California.

Sharapova has struggled to recapture top form since her 15-month ban for taking the banned drug meldonium ended last April.“After four successful and challenging years of collaboration together, I would like to thank Sven for his incredible loyalty, work ethic and most importantly the friendship that we have formed that will go beyond this working partnership,” Sharapova said in a statement on her website.

A two-time champion at Indian Wells, Sharapova, currently ranked 41st in the world, won the Tianjin Open in October for her first triumph since returning to the WTA Tour, but has not come close to challenging for a tournament victory since.“Maria has been one of the most hardworking and professional players I have ever worked with,” Groeneveld said.