Elina Svitolina posted an “interesting” picture on Instagram about her actual coaching team. However, it was impossible not to notice that in the picture there was also tennis legend Marcos Baghdatis. That prompted obvious speculations.
Eventually, the Ukrainian confirmed the partnership on Instagram stories with the following statement:
About my collaboration with Marcos Baghdatis
Starting now, Marcos will be part of my team in the role of consultant coach, alongside my
current coach Andy Betties. I’m very excited to announce this news and I’m confident his strong experience will add value to my game. With such a great coaching team, I have set high objectives for 2020.
Also, the smiling Cypriot shared on Twitter how happy he is about the new partnership to comment:
“I am so glad to announce the next chapter of my life and look forward to Coaching a great athlete and super tennis player #No.6 ranked WTA player Elina Svitolina, working along side Andre Bettles! I want to thank Elina for putting her trust in me. Lets do this! Bring it on 2020.”
I am so glad to announce the next chapter of my life and look forward to Coaching a great athlete and super tennis player #No.6 ranked WTA player Elina Svitolina, working along side Andre Bettles! I want to thank Elina for putting her trust in me. Lets do this! Bring it on 2020. pic.twitter.com/RghOMecRz7
— Marcos Baghdatis (@marcosbaghdatis) December 11, 2019
Naomi Osaka and Wim Fissette
The former world no.1 Naomi Osaka had 3 different coaches in 2019. She ended up her fantastic partnership with Sascha Bajin soon after conquering the Australian Open. Later she hired Jermaine Jenkins with not-so-good results to be coached again by her father. Even if Naomi had great results under the guidance of his dad with the titles in Osaka and Bejing, she always said that it was a temporary arrangement and that she would have hired a “proper” coach.
Naomi didn’t make any official announcement yet. However, she was spotted training with Wim Fissette in the last few days. The Belgian is a fantastic coach with massive experience. He used to work with the likes of Victoria Azarenka, Kim Clijsters, Simona Halep, Angelique Kerber, and Johanna Konta.
It’s not clear why there was no official announcement. Probably they are still testing their ideas and relationship during this period before confirming the partnership.
Naomi spotted training with Wim at UCLA👀 pic.twitter.com/Mrc2Gb24R6
— MM (@Shankballs) December 11, 2019
Naomi and Australian Open betting odds
The Japanese will try to defend the Australian Open in January. According to the latest odds of Bet365, Naomi is the favorite no.4 to win the trophy in Melbourne.
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Elina Svitolina’s ranking and performance in 2019
Ranked no.6, Elina played her last match on the 3rd of November when she had to bow to Ashleigh Barty 6-4 6-3 in the final in Shenzhen.
Elina Svitolina’s best performance of this season was getting to the final in Shenzhen.
Osaka in Shenzhen, ranking, and results in 2019
Ranked no.3, Osaka has a 40-11 win-loss record in 2019. Osaka ended her run in the round robin after defeating Petra Kvitova 7-61 4-6 6-4.
Elina Svitolina and Naomi Osaka played each other 6 times. The head to head is 3-3.
The last time that they played each other, Naomi Osaka won 6-4 6-1 in the quarter in Melbourne (Australian Open) the 23rd of January 2019.