Belleville News-Democrat - - Sports -

Dar­ren Cahill is end­ing his four-year coach­ing part­ner­ship with No. 1ranked Si­mona Halep to take a 12-month break and spend more time at home with his fam­ily.

Cahill said on In­sta­gram on Satur­day that he wanted to of­fer “sup­port as our chil­dren en­ter im­por­tant stages of their lives with the fi­nal year of high school, sports and col­lege prepa­ra­tions all be­com­ing more time con­sum­ing.”

With Cahill, Halep won the 2018 French Open, her first ca­reer Grand Slam ti­tle, and fin­ished as the top player in the world for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive sea­son.

• Amer­ica’s chances of re­tain­ing the Fed Cup this week­end im­proved when two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova was ruled out of the open­ing sin­gles for the Czech Re­pub­lic due to ill­ness. Kvi­tova was the sec­ond top-10 player lost to the Czechs, after Karolina Pliskova was ruled out by calf and wrist in­juries.

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