Former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka announced on Tuesday afternoon that she would begin working with Simona Halep’s former coach Wim Fissette during the 2015 season.
The two-time Grand Slam champion recently split with Sam Sumyk, who is now coaching Canadian No. 1 Eugenie Bouchard, while Fissette split with Halep during the off-season last year.
Azarenka revealed the news on her official twitter account.
Following a rough 2014 season plagued with injuries, Azarenka took part in a promising start to the year when she reached the fourth round of the Australian Open before losing to last year’s finalist Dominika Cibulkova. Her ranking may have dropped to No. 50, but she has displayed the necessary traits to work her way back up the ranks this season.
Fissette previously coached the likes of Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki. Under his tutelage, Halep took part in a career-best season on the WTA tour – one that included her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros, a career-high ranking of world No. 2, and a semi-final showing at the Wimbledon Championships. She completed her season with a runner-up showing at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
The coaching arrangement lasted just one year, as he joined the Romanian in January ahead of the 2014 season. Halep is now working with Romanian coach Victor Ionita.
Since then, Fisstte was linked to partnerships with Madison Keys, as well as Taylor Townsend. However, it is now clear that he will begin a commitment with former world No. 1 Azarenka.
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) February 17, 2015