Simona Halep parts ways with coach Wim Fissette after one season
Simona Halep has parted ways with coach Wim Fissette, the player announced Thursday.
Fissette lasted as Halep's coach just one season, having joined Halep in January.
From Halep's announcement:
"My collaboration with Wim Fissette will come to an end, following a mutual agreement. It was a good and beautiful year. I want to thank him and wish him good luck in the future."
Under Fissette's coaching, Halep had her most successful season yet, rising to a career-high No. 2 ranking in August and making her first career Grand Slam final at the French Open in June, where she lost to Maria Sharapova. Halep also made the semifinals at Wimbledon.
In her last tournament, Halep fell to Serena Williams in the final of the WTA Finals in Singapore last month. She finished the season ranked No. 3.
Fissette had previously coached Kim Clijsters and Sabine Lisicki.
This marks the second straight year Halep is changing coaches after a successful season. After rising from No. 47 in the world to No. 11 in 2013 and winning the WTA's most improved player of the year award, she split with Adrian Marcu in favor of Fissette.
- Ben Estes