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Maria Sharapova says her failed relationship with coach Jimmy Connors wasn’t a double-fault; only one of them did not live up to the parameters of the deal.

That person was Sharapova.

In an article in the New York Times, Sharapova blamed herself for the breakup with Connors after just one match.

“Jimmy came in at the wrong time and in the wrong place,” she said. “I think when he came in post-Wimbledon, I don’t think any coach could have succeeded in the frame of mind I had at that time. Because I was going to practice, and I knew I couldn’t serve, and I knew that there was a good chance I might not play the U.S. Open.

“As an athlete, that’s tough to digest. I was not fun to be around, and it was a tough position for him.”

Connors came on board right after Thomas Hogstedt resigned as Sharapova’s coach in July. The issue with both, Sharapova said, was schedule-based. That’s why she eventually hired former Monica Seles mentor Sven Groeneveld.