World No. 4 Maria Sharapova has revealed that she will begin a new working partnership with Sven Groeneveld. Groeneveld, who has previously coached Ana Ivanovic, Monica Seles and Mary Pierce to Grand Slam championships, will be her coach for the 2014 season,
“I’m happy to announce my official partnership with Sven Groeneveld,” Sharapova posted on Facebook. “We’ve been working together since I got back on the court, and after seeing him on the opposing side for so many years, I’m excited to have him become a part of my team. It has been a very seamless transition and I have had a lot of fun with the hard work we have put in so far. Looking forward to the year ahead.”
Groeneveld is vastly experienced due to his coaching role with adidas, which allowed him to coach many of the top women in the world. His most recent notable stint was with Caroline Wozniacki, as he helped coach her to the no. 1 ranking and to her first Grand Slam final at the US Open in 2009.
Sharapova has not competed in a match since she withdrew from the US Open, siting a shoulder injury. She is expected to begin her 2014 season at the Brisbane International, where she will be attempting to compete for the first time in four attempts.