Sascha Bajin coaches Naomi Osaka during a practice session at the Australian Open. Photo: AP

Naomi Osaka’s split with coach Sascha Bajin seems like a needless risk – did a rift open up at the Australian Open?

  • No reason given for departure but there were apparent signs of tension at Australian Open
  • Japanese star ditches WTA Coach of the Year Sascha Bajin in shock announcement
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Sascha Bajin coaches Naomi Osaka during a practice session at the Australian Open. Photo: AP
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Naomi Osaka has faced some searching questions over her ethnicity since her recent successes. Photo: Kyodo
Jonathan White
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Opinion

Jonathan White

Naomi Osaka embodies the thorny issue of identity when it comes to sporting success

  • Osaka is Japanese-Haitian but has been the source of much hand-wringing in recent months
  • China begins to naturalise its diaspora in an effort to level the sporting playing field

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Naomi Osaka has faced some searching questions over her ethnicity since her recent successes. Photo: Kyodo
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