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Friday, August 16, 2013
Sharapova fires Jimmy Connors news services

That was fast.

Just 34 days after hiring Jimmy Connors as her coach, Maria Sharapova fired the tennis legend after losing to Sloane Stephens in three sets Tuesday in Cincinnati.

Connors tweeted after the loss that "Every good round starts with a bogey -- not the start we wanted, so back to work tomorrow."

Every good round starts with a bogey-- Not the start we wanted, so back to work tomorrow.

— Jimmy Connors (@JimmyConnors) August 14, 2013

But there will be no tomorrow for the popular pairing of Sharapova, currently ranked No. 3 in the world rankings, and the eight-time major winner on the men's side.

Sharapova is expected to enter play at the upcoming U.S. Open without a coach.

Connors coached Andy Roddick for two years before resigning in 2008. He briefly worked with Sharapova before the 2008 Australian Open.