Maria Sharapova hires Sven Groeneveld as coach

By The Associated Press | Posted - Nov. 21, 2013 at 12:58 p.m.



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(AP) - Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld as her coach, three months after splitting from Jimmy Connors following one match.

The four-time major champion says on her Facebook account Thursday: "It has been a very seamless transition and I have had a lot of fun with the hard work we have put in so far."

Sharapova was injured for most of the second half of 2013, playing only one match since a second-round loss at Wimbledon in June. That match, in August at Cincinnati, was a loss _ and her only competition while working with Connors.

Connors replaced Thomas Hogstedt, Sharapova's coach for more than two years.

Groeneveld has been a part of the Adidas tennis development program and worked with players such as Ana Ivanovic and Andy Murray.

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