Report: Caroline Wozniacki fires coach Thomas Hogstedt after three months
Caroline Wozniacki has fired coach Thomas Hogstedt after just three months of working together, according to Danish website Ekstra Bladet. The former No. 1 player in the world hired Hogstedt at the end of October last fall and the pair worked together through the off-season and collaborated for just two tournaments in January before calling it quits. According to Ekstra Bladet, the two never established any chemistry and when Hogstedt decided to take an impromptu vacation instead of heading to Dubai to train with Wozniacki, the Dane took it as the last straw in their already strained relationship.
Add Hogstedt to the growing list of coaches that never gelled with the Wozniacki team. Coached by her father Piotr for most of her career, Wozniacki has never succeeded in bringing in outside help. In February 2012, Wozniacki fired Ricardo Sanchez, the man who took Jelena Jankovic to No. 1, after she lost in the quarterfinals of the Australian Open to No. 1 Kim Clijsters. The two had worked together for just two months. She hired former Australian Open finalist Thomas Johansson as a part-time coach later that summer, but that relationship ended after four months.
This season, a shoulder injury forced Wozniacki to withdraw from her first tournament at the Brisbane International and she struggled when she returned to action. At her first tournament of the year at the Sydney International, Wozniacki lost in the second round to No. 27 Lucie Safarova, 6-4, 7-6 (9). She fared just one round better at the Australian Open, where she lost in the third round to No. 38 Garbine Muguruza, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Wozniacki has now failed to make it past the third round in seven of her last eight Slam appearances and on Monday she dropped out of the top 10. Wozniacki is training in Dubai with her father but she may have already signed a new coach. Ekstra Bladet expects to announce the hiring on Thursday.