World No.22 Sloane Stephens has announced that she has parted company with coach Paul Annacone after only eight months together

Stephens confirms Annacone split



Originally published on 24/07/14

The 21-year-old hired Roger Federer’s former coach in December to help her build on a breakthrough 2013 season, but has slipped out of the top 20 after struggling with her form this year.

After reaching her first Grand Slam semi-final at the 2013 Australian Open, Stephens reached a career-high ranking of No.11 in October and looked to be on the verge of breaking into the top 10.

However, a series of disappointing results, including first-round defeats in Doha, Dubai and most recently Wimbledon, has seen the American slip down the rankings.

"Based on the conversations Paul and I had after Wimbledon, we both feel like it would be a good idea for me to have a fresh start leading into the summer hard court swing,” Stephens said in a statement.

“I've learned a lot over our past eight months together and now just need to meld them into my long term plan. Paul is one of the top coaches in the world and will remain a close friend and confidant. I can't thank him enough for his time and continued support."

"Sloane and I had a lot of good things happen but just couldn't get the desired consistency. And since we agreed that our situation was causing doubt and confusion in Sloane's mind, I really wanted her to find clarity leading into the US Open. This is why a change at this juncture made sense,” explained Annacone.

"There is absolutely no doubt Sloane is one of the more talented players on the tour and I look forward to watching her have a great deal of success over the course of her career.”

Stephens, who is still chasing her maiden WTA title, returns to action at the Citi Open in Washington DC next week.


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