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Konta splits with coach Hogstedt after losing in the third round to Muguruza at the Italian Open

British No.1 Johanna Konta splits with coach Thomas Hogstedt after losing in the third round to Garbine Muguruza at the Italian Open

  • The Swede Hogstedt is one of the most experienced coaches on the WTA Tour
  • The partnership raised a few eyebrows over their respective personalities
  • British No. 1 lost 6-4, 6-1 against Spaniard Muguruza in Rome on Friday

Johanna Konta has been separated from coach Thomas Hogstedt and is out of the Italian Open after losing in the third round to Garbine Muguruza.

The British No. 1, who reached the final in Rome last year with a breakthrough on clay, has had some close fights with Muguruza in the past, but this was much easier for the Spaniard, who came in by 6-4.6. -1

Swede Hogstedt is one of the most experienced coaches on the WTA Tour, having previously worked with illustrious names like Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki.

Johanna Konta lost 6-4, 6-1 in Rome on Friday against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza

Johanna Konta lost 6-4, 6-1 in Rome on Friday against Spaniard Garbine Muguruza

The collaboration raised a few eyebrows, with former UK No.1 Laura Robson describing it as a ‘very weird choice’ due to their respective personalities.

Konta knocked that out, but seems to have concluded that they don’t have the right fit after all.

A Konta spokesperson said: “They were only working on a trial basis and agreed to work together for the American swing and then assess whether they would move forward.”

The UK's # 1 revealed she's separated from top coach Thomas Hogstedt (right)

The UK's # 1 revealed she's separated from top coach Thomas Hogstedt (right)

The UK’s # 1 revealed she’s separated from top coach Thomas Hogstedt (right)

Under Hogstedt, the British No. 1 reached the semi-finals of the Western & Southern Open before losing in the second round of the US Open.

She is now starting preparations for the French Open, which starts on September 27.

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