'Sad news': Tennis fans left devastated over Simona Halep split

Darren Cahill and Simona Halep, pictured here after the 2018 French Open final.
Darren Cahill and Simona Halep celebrate after the 2018 French Open final. (Photo by Corinne Dubreui - Pool/Getty Images)

Simona Halep has announced her split with Australian coach Darren Cahill after six years together.

Halep and Cahill had worked together since 2015, with the Romanian star winning her first grand slam title at the 2018 French Open under Cahill's guidance.

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The Australian left her team at the end of that season to spend more time with his family, before reuniting with Halep ahead of the 2019 WTA Finals.

The 29-year-old also won the Wimbledon title in 2019.

In her first three years with Cahill, Halep finished two seasons as World No.1 and also reached the final of the 2018 Australian Open.

Simona Halep and Darren Cahill, pictured here at the Western & Southern Open in 2018.
Simona Halep and Darren Cahill at the Western & Southern Open in 2018. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

"After six wonderful years working together, Darren Cahill and I have decided that it's time to end our working relationship," Halep wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of the pair embracing after the 2018 French Open final.

"Thank you D for everything, for making me a better tennis player and a better person."

Cahill responded: "Thank you Simo for allowing me to take an incredible ride on your journey with you.

"I remember this photo above like it was yesterday and it is just one of many amazing memories.

"A great player but most importantly, a great person and friend. All the best, Simo."

Fans were left devastated by the sad news after Halep and Cahill's partnership brought so much success.

Halep, who was knocked out in the fourth round of the US Open by Elina Svitolina earlier this month, got married to Macedonian businessman Toni Luruc last week.

Naomi Osaka withdraws from Indian Wells

Meanwhile, organisers have announced Naomi Osaka has withdrawn from next month's rescheduled Indian Wells tournament in California.

The 23-year-old Japanese star is a former champion at Indian Wells, winning the title in 2018 with victory over Daria Kasatkina.

Osaka said earlier this month she planned to take an indefinite break from tennis after an upset early exit from the US Open.

"I honestly don't know when I'm going to play my next tennis match," Osaka said following her third round defeat to Canadian teen Leylah Fernandez.

"I think I'm going to take a break from playing for a while."

Osaka, who dropped out of the top five in the latest world rankings, has been in the spotlight this year after withdrawing from the French Open and skipping Wimbledon over mental health issues.

Osaka said her problems were exacerbated by speaking to the media after matches.

Osaka had also made an early exit from Cincinnati last month, and had bowed out of the Tokyo Olympics in the early rounds in July.

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