Tennis: Navratilova’s Partnership With Radwanska Ends Short-Timed

Martina Navratilova has decided to call time on her part-time role as coach of Polish tennis player Agnieszka Radwanska.

The retired Czech and American player and coach joined the world No. 9’s coaching staff in December in her first major coaching role.

The nine-time Wimbledon champion says she “underestimated the time” required in coaching, and that it became impossible alongside her family and business commitments.

Radwanska has struggled to enforce his bid for a first career Grand Slam so far in the season, which has seen her lose twice to Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams, including a three sets defeat in the fourth round of the Australian Open to the latter American.

“I just want to thank Martina for her time and effort over the last few months,” Radwanska said.

Agnieska Radwanska During Her Last-8 Win Over Victoria Azarenka at the 2014 Australian Open.
Agnieska Radwanska During Her Last-8 Win Over Victoria Azarenka at the 2014 Australian Open.

“It was a great experience to work with one of the all time greats.However, we both agreed that as Martina could not commit 100% to the project then it was not going to work as a long term partnership.

“We will stay friends and I wish her all the best in her personal and professional life.”

The Kraków native lost to Serena Williams in the final of Wimbledon 2012. She nonetheless secured her first win over the world No. 1 in a singles match at the Hopman Cup in January as Poland claimed their first title in the tournament.

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