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“Briton splits from coach and will not play again this season”.
That’s the headline that greeted most of the Tennis world on Wednesday evening as the British number one has parted ways with her coach, Wim Fissette, after less than a year together and will not play again this season.
The 26-year-old, who has called an early end to her season due to a foot injury, did not qualify for this month’s WTA Finals in Singapore and will not play in the WTA Elite Trophy the week after that.
The world No.10 has amicably split from her coach Wim Fissette but will carry on working with the rest of her team.
“After careful thought and discussion, Wim and I have mutually decided to end our working relationship. “Things ended very amicably and I wish Wim all the best. We’ve achieved a lot together and I want to thank him for all his hard work, patience and expertise” said Konta.
Fissette later wrote on social media that “Sharing the news that Johanna and I decided to part ways. I wanna thank her for this great season and wish her all the best in the future”.
There doesn’t seem to be any hard feeling between the two.
Konta’s initial rise through the WTA rankings began under Coach Esteban Carril, yet she split from the Spaniard at the end of her spectacular 2016 season which saw her break into the top 10 and later reached the height of 4th in the world under the watchful eye of the Belgian.
Nadal ruled out
World No.1 Rafael Nadal has pulled out of next week’s Swiss Indoors Basel tournament with a knee injury.
The Spaniard, 31, says he is suffering from an “over-stressing of the knee”, and has been advised by his doctor to take time off.
The Spaniard has to be careful as he has had some terrible problems with his knees in the past.
“It is time for some rest” said Nadal, who has won six titles this season.
A succession of knee injuries over the years has curtailed the Spaniards progress at critical times throughout his successful career.
This is the first time Nadal has reached World No.1 status since 2014 as wrist and knee injuries have blighted him. Rehab and proper recuperation is what is needed to mount a powerful challenge against Federer, Murray and Djokovic in 2018.
It has been a mightily impressive 2017 from Rafael Nadal and the Manacor native will look to cement his place at the top of the ATP World rankings. Undoubtedly, he will face many challenges to his No. 1 crown but the master of clay is sure to ready for any challenge.
Maria Sharapova knocked out of Kremlin Cup
Maria Sharapova has been knocked out of the Kremlin Cup in the first round by Magdalena Rybarikova, two days after winning her first tournament since 2015.
The Russian, 30, was beaten 7-6 (7-3) 6-4 by the Slovak in her fifth match in seven days. It was Sharapova’s first tour appearance in her native Moscow in 10 years and came after she won the Tianjin Open on Sunday.
It looks like Sharapova, ranked 57th in the world, is trying to gain as many world ranking points as possible while some of their rivals take a break as the season nears its conclusion. Her win in China was her first win since she returned to the Tennis circuit from her 15 month dropping ban.
Watson through to quarter-finals
Britain’s Heather Watson is through to the quarter-finals of the Luxembourg Open after beating Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in straight sets.
Watson, 25, beat the third seed 6-4 6-4 in one hour and 24 minutes. The British No. 2 will play Elise Mertens in the last eight after Belgium’s world No. 38 saw off the American Madison Brengle.
The British No. 2 took the first set in 35 minutes, clinching it with an impressive forehand winner. Watson carried her momentum through to the second set as she broke third-seed Kontaveit to take a commanding lead. However, Kontaveit broke back to level the scores at 3-3 before Watson responded.
Watson then served out the match taking victory in one hour and 23 minutes.