Laura Robson working with Maria Sharapova's former hitting partner

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Didi Kindlmann reached a career-high ranking of 130 in July 2004 and later became part of Maria Sharapova’s coaching team

Laura Robson has turned to Maria Sharapova’s former hitting partner Didi Kindlmann as she looks for a coach to guide the next stage of her career.

The former British number one, 23, is working with the German on a trial basis before her next tournament in Yokohama in two weeks’ time.

Kindlmann spent three years with Sharapova before her positive test for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open.

He has since coached world number 22 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Kindlmann, 34, is now a free agent and well known to IMG, who manage both Sharapova and Robson.

Robson had been working with former players Lucie Ahl and Colin Beecher – employed by Junior Tennis Coaching