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Maria Sharapova hires new coach for comeback

Nov. 23, 2013 at 10:14 AM   |   Comments

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MOSCOW, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova decided on a new coach this week, naming Sven Groeneveld to replace Jimmy Connors.

Sharapova, ranked No. 4 in the world among women players, has been without a coach since August.

She said on her website she would make her first competitive appearance under Groeneveld's tutelage at the Brisbane International next month.

"We've been working together since I got back on the court and, after seeing him on the opposing side for so many years, I'm excited to have him become a part of my team," Sharapova wrote.

Groeneveld, 48, has worked with a number of top women players, Russia's R-Sport said Saturday.

He won Grand Slam tournaments with Monica Seles, Ana Ivanovic and Mary Pierce. He also coached Caroline Wozniacki to a No. 1 ranking.

Sharapova has been sidelined by a shoulder injury for the past several weeks, but plans to compete in three exhibition matches along with the Brisbane tournament in the near future, R-Sport said.

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