Daniela Hantuchova to Emma Raducanu: You don't play around with things like that



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Daniela Hantuchova to Emma Raducanu: You don't play around with things like that

Former world No. 5 Daniela Hantuchova appeared to suggest that Emma Raducanu changing her coach after the US Open title wasn't a smart decision. Raducanu, 19, made tennis history at the US Open as she became the first qualifier in tennis history to win a Grand Slam.

Raducanu didn't drop a single set in 10 matches played at Flushing Meadows. After the US Open, Raducanu made a shocking decision as she fired her coach Andrew Richardson. Raducanu cited her desire to have a more experienced coach as the main reason for the decision.

"[Having a big result at a Grand Slam at a young age] is a nice problem to have but it can also be challenging. Seeing Emma Raducanu change coaches so many times right after the [2021] US Open -- you don't play around with things like that," Hantuchova said during her interview with Match Point Canada, as quoted on Sportskeeda.

"You stick with whatever works. You keep putting in the hard work because you just never know when you are going to lose [momentum]."

Raducanu hired Angelique Kerber's ex-coach

After the 2021 season, Raducanu named Torben Beltz as her new coach.

"I am a strong believer that you get momentum only once when you start, and you better serve that way for as long as you can. Once the tour starts to figure you out, obviously all the players and coaches will talk about you," Hantuchova cotninued.

"In a few months, before you know it, everyone kind of understands how to play against you. It is so important to use those first few months. "That is where all those legends of our game like [Martina] Hingis, [Kim] Clijsters, Justine [Henin], Serena and Venus [Williams], Lindsay [Davenport] did what what they had to do."

Raducanu has started the season with one win and two losses. Raducanu lost her Sydney opener while she made the Australian Open second round.