World No. 12 Emma Raducanu said she has no immediate plans to hire a coach as he plans to focus on sparring with fellow tour players in the upcoming period. On Tuesday, Raducanu announced her decision to split with coach Torben Beltz.
After Wimbledon, Raducanu replaced Nigel Sears with Andrew Richardson. Even though Richardson guided Raducanu to her first Grand Slam title, the Briton decided not to continue their partnership. Raducanu wanted a more experienced tour coach so she hired ex-Angelique Kerber coach Beltz after the 2021 season ended.
After just five months, Raducanu realized she needed a change of scenery and she split with Beltz.
Raducanu on her plans for the upcoming period
"Going forward I'll probably be putting a lot more emphasis on sparring; I feel like that's definitely something that's becoming more apparent to me as I spend more time on the tour, is just getting used to these girls' ball speed," Raducanu said, per AFP.
"I felt like against Iga (Swiatek), in my quarter-final match in Stuttgart, I was just trying to get used to the ball speed the first few games and had a bit of a slow start because of that. "So I feel like if I were to get that sort of practice in my daily training then it could benefit me."
Raducanu hasn't had a great season so far but she showed signs of improvement last week in Stuttgart. Last week, Raducanu won back-to-back matches for the first time this year as she reached the Stuttgart quarterfinal before losing to Iga Swiatek.
Raducanu hasn't had much success so far in her first full season on the tour but still she is enjoying the process. "I really don't care how many times I'm losing first rounds; to me it doesn't mean anything right now because I'm actually enjoying the journey of picking myself back up and working through things," Raducanu said. Raducanu opens her Madrid campaign on Friday against Tereza Martincova.