Maria Sharapova hires Sven Groeneveld as coach

Sven Groeneveld, of the Netherlands, is a respected coach who has worked with numerous players like Monica Seles and Mary Pierce.

updated: November 22, 2013 10:04 IST
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Bradenon, US: Maria Sharapova (file photo)Former world number one Maria Sharapova has hired Sven Groeneveld, one-time mentor of Monica Seles and Mary Pierce, as her new coach.

The Russian tennis star has been without a formal coach since an ill-fated experiment with eight-time Grand Slam champion Jimmy Connors, which lasted just one match at the WTA tournament in Cincinnati in August

"I'm happy to announce my official partnership with Sven Groeneveld," Sharapova, ranked fourth in the world, said Thursday.

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