Chinese No. 1 Li Na is without a coach following her third round exit at the Wimbledon Championships, as Carlos Rodriguez has officially resigned from his role as her head coach.
Rodriguez, who helped Li reach her second Grand Slam title earlier in the year in Melbourne, will be returning to his academy in Beijing.
”It was me who stopped,” Rodriguez told Belgian press. ”Already, following the final of Miami, the [chief] of the academy, told me that she needed my presence there. Without me, at Potter’s Wheel [academy], more and more player were hesitant to attend.
”I asked her to let me do these two Grand Slams with Li Na. Now, she has a little time to prepare for the Open.”
Rodriguez also mentioned that he informed Li that he would be leaving following her third-round exit at Wimbledon, which, in hindsight, may not have been the best timing.
”She wasn’t expecting it,” he said. ”She cried…but she eventually understood.”
After winning the Australian Open title earlier in the season, Li Na failed to maintain the momentum and has since not won a single title, including an opening round loss at the French Open and a third round loss at Wimbledon. Her best performances were finishing runner-up Miami and a semi-final at Indian Wells.