Connors, an eight-time champion of Grand Slam tournaments, worked with Sharapova before the 2008
Sharapova announced on Friday that her and Hogstedt had agreed to a mutual parting of the ways.
"I am happy to announce that Jimmy Connors will be my new coach," Sharpova said in a statement on her official website. "I have known Jimmy for many years and we briefly worked together in 2008 just before the Australian Open. I am really excited about our new partnership and looking forward to the upcoming tournaments."
Hogstedt joined Sharapova's team in late 2010 as she continued a comeback from shoulder surgery, assisting then-coach and hitting partner Michael Joyce.
Sharapova, who had not made it to the semifinals of a Grand Slam event since winning the 2008 Australian Open, vaulted from a world ranking of No. 18 to No. 1 under Hogstedt's tutelage.
Sharapova, who last held the No. 1 ranking in 2005, had a banner 2012 when she claimed the top ranking while completing a career Grand Slam when winning her fourth major, the
Those were the two best results she had under Hogstedt. She did not return to a final at
Sharapova, who lost in the second round at Wimbledon and is ranked No. 2 behind