Russian tennis star Maria Sharapova has selected former world No. 1 Jimmy Connors as her new coach, the player said Saturday on her Web site.
"I am happy to announce that Jimmy Connors will be my new coach," the world No. 2 said. "I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments."
She said she had worked with the American tennis great just before winning the 2008 Australian Open.
Sharapova made the announcement just 24 hours after parting ways with her former coach, Sweden's Thomas Hogstedt.
The 60-year-old Connors, a member of the tennis Hall of Fame who won five U.S. Opens, two Wimbledons and an Australian Open, was ranked No. 1 for 268 weeks and won an Open Era-record 109 singles titles during his career, coached countryman Andy Roddick for a year and a half starting in July 2006 and helped him reach that year's U.S. Open final.
Sharapova, who has won each of the four Grand Slam tournaments in her career, reached the Australian Open semifinals and the French Open final this season but was bounced out of Wimbledon in the second round. EFE