Maria Sharapova's coaching partnership with tennis legend Jimmy Connors didn't last very long, in fact the women's tennis star fired him after a poor showing at her first match under his tutelage. Maria hired Jimmy after a disappointing outing at this year's Wimbledon. But Sharapova, 26, dumped 60 year-old Connors after losing to Sloane Stephens 6-2, 6-7, 3-6 earlier this week at the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati, according to NESN on Saturday. "(It was) not the right fit for this time in my career", Sharapova said in a statement issued Thursday.
Jimmy Connors counts eight Grand Slam titles to his name, but that impressive resume was apparently not enough for Maria Sharapova to retain his coaching services.
Maria Sharapova, who has won four Grand Slam titles of her own, entered the week ranked No. 3 in the world. But she was called "uncharacteristically sloppy" throughout her match with the up-and-coming 20 year-old American.
Sharapova racked up 62 unforced errors in the three-set loss. Injuries and a lack of consistent tournament play may have had a role in Sharapova’s poor showing Tuesday.
However, it became clear that she and Connors, who was known for his high intensity during his tennis playing days, were not a compatible pairing.
Although a legendary and decorated tennis player, Jimmy Connors does not have extensive coaching experience. Prior to Sharapova, he had only coached recently retired American men's star Andy Roddick.
Their coaching pairing only lasted 19 months between 2007 and 2008.