Saturday, January 27, 2018

Sac State's Konikov resigns to coach Azarenka

  Victoria Azarenka is going back to her roots.
  Longtime Sacramento State men's coach Slava Konikov, Azarenka's childhood coach in Belarus, announced his resignation Friday to coach the former world No. 1. Hornets assistant coach Kevin Kurtz will replace Konikov.
   Konikov, who spent 12-plus years as Sac State's coach, guided the Hornets to six Big Sky Conference Tournament titles, each resulting in an automatic NCAA Tournament berth and first-round loss.
   Azarenka has been embroiled in a custody dispute involving her son, Leo, who was born in December 2016. The two-time Australian Open champion has not played in a tournament since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon last July, dropping her ranking to No. 209.

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