World No. 9 Angelique Kerber has revealed that she has hired Iranian coach Benjamin Ebrahimzadeh for her upcoming WTA season. The decision to part with German Torben Beltz, who has worked with Kerber since mid-2011, came after she failed to reach the quarter-final of any Grand Slam tournament this season and only won one tour title in 2013.
“Torben is a great professional and I’m really thankful for everything he has done for me and my career in the past,” she said on Facebook. “I wish him all the best in his coming projects. It’s time now for me to try something different and see how it goes.”
Kerber worked her way back to World No. 5 under Beltz and is hoping that her new working partnership with Ebrahimzadeh will reap fruitful results as well. The German will begin her season alongside the likes of Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Sara Errani, Caroline Wozniacki and Jelena Jankovic at the Apia International in Sydney. The tournament will take place at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on 5-11 January 2014.