Muguruza splits with coach Sumyk
Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action against Beatriz Haddad Maia of Brazil during their first round match at the Wimbledon Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, in London, Britain, July 2, 2019. EPA-EFE FILE/NIC BOTHMA
Spain's Garbine Muguruza (R) and her coach Sam Sumyk (L) attend a training session of the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at Caja Magica in Madrid, Spain, May 7, 2018. EPA-EFE FILE/MARISCAL
London, Jul 9 (efe-epa).- Spain's Garbiñe Muguruza on Tuesday announced she has parted ways with her French coach Sam Sumyk.
The news came a few days after she was beaten 6-4, 6-4 by Brazil’s Beatriz Haddad Maia in the first round of Wimbledon.
“Few words to announce the end of an Extraordinary ride. 2 Grand Slams and World N 1. Beyond grateful for this last 4 years. Merci Sam,” Muguruza, currently ranked 27 in the world, posted to her Twitter account.
Following her second first-round defeat in a row at the English tournament, Muguruza said she wanted some time off.
She is expected to compete at the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, a tuning-up tournament for the US Open to be held between 29 July and 4 August in San Jose.
Muguruza and Sumyk's partnership started back in 2015 a few months before the Spaniard secured her maiden Grand Slam title, prevailing over Serena Williams of the United States in the 2016 French Open final.
It was not the first time Sumyk led a player to their first major title, with Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, a former World No 1, taking home her first two major titles under his watch.
Azarenka won the Australian Open twice in a row in 2012 and 2013. She had a chance to bring her major tally to four but lost the US Open final twice those same years to Serena Williams.
Muguruza failed to reach a Grand Slam final since claiming her second major title in 2017 at the All England Tennis Club, where this year’s first-round defeat by the Brazilian player appeared to be the final nail in the coffin.
Now she is at her lowest spot in the rankings since 28 July 2014, where she was ranked No 28.
Since then – and with Sumyk coming on board nearly a year later – she worked her way to the top spot, which she first held on 9 November 2017 and for four consecutive weeks.
After ending 2017 on a career-high No 2, her best year-ending ranking, she was out of the top 10 by the second fortnight of August 2018. EFE-EPA