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Osaka adds Jenkins to team

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Naomi Osaka split with former coach Sascha Bajin earlier this month. Xinhua

TOKYO (Reuters) – Naomi Osaka has added American Jermaine Jenkins to her support team, the world number one said yesterday.

The Australian Open champion, who split with former coach Sascha Bajin earlier this month, made the announcement on social media.

“Had a great dinner with the team. Also taking this moment to thank Jermaine for joining us and coming on board,” she wrote, alongside a photograph of herself with Jenkins and other members of her team.

Jenkins, who was recently appointed as the United States Tennis Association women’s national coach, was formerly the hitting partner of Venus Williams.

Osaka split with Bajin after winning the Australian Open last month.

The 21-year-old enjoyed a spectacular rise during the time they worked together, becoming the first Japanese player to win a grand slam when she beat Serena Williams in the US Open final in September.

She is the current US Open and Australian Open champion in women’s singles, and No. 1 in the Women’s Tennis Association rankings, which she achieved in January.

Born in Japan to a Haitian father and a Japanese mother, Osaka has lived in the USA since three years old.

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