Sharapova hires Groeneveld as coach after dropping Hogstedt

MARIA Sharapova has hired Dutchman Sven Groeneveld, the former mentor of leading players Monica Seles and Mary Pierce, as her new coach.

Sharapova split from long-term coach Thomas Hogstedt after she bowed out in the second round at Wimbledon.

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She then linked with former world No.1 Jimmy Connors - that arrangement lasted one match.