Osaka gets new coach | Sunday Observer

Osaka gets new coach

LOS ANGELES: World number one Naomi Osaka welcomed US coach Jermaine Jenkins to her team on Thursday, just in time for her title defense at Indian Wells next week.

“Had a great dinner with the team,” Japan’s US and Australian Open champion said in a Twitter post. “Also taking this moment to thank Jermaine for joining us and coming on board lol.” An article on the WTA website said Jenkins would fill the role of head coach in the wake of Osaka’s shock split with coach Sascha Bajin just 17 days after she won a second straight Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

Jenkins, 34, is a former US collegiate star who served as hitting partner to Venus Williams from 2015 until the end of last season. 

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