Martina Navratilova shares coaching advice to Emma Raducanu



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Martina Navratilova shares coaching advice to Emma Raducanu

Martina Navratilova thinks Dmitry Tursunov is a good coaching fit for Emma Raducanu and she has advised the 19-year-old to stick with the Russian coach. Raducanu, 19, split with coach Torben Beltz in late April. This summer, Raducanu has been on a trial basis with coach Tursunov.

Raducanu has had several coaching changes over the last year and Navratilova thinks the 19-year-old definitely needs coaching stability. "This is a good coaching situation for her," Navratilova told the WTA Tour website.

"I hope she sticks with it. If I had that many coaches in a year, I would be struggling, too. Too many points of view, too many philosophies - too much information. When you get information from one coach you can kind of sift through that, figure it out.

But when you’re getting it from so many different people, how are you supposed to process all that?"

Raducanu advised to keep Tursunov

In their first tournament together, Raducanu reached the Washington quarterfinal.

Then, Raducanu made the Cincinnati last-16 after beating Serena Williams and Victoria Azarenka in back-to-back. Raducanu beat Williams and Azarenka pretty easily and Tursunov was praised after those wins for the tactics he prepared.

Last week, Barry Cowan opined Raducanu looks better on the court since adding Tursunov. “If his role is also there to make Emma Raducanu feel relaxed then that’s half the battle,” Cowan told Sky Sports. “If you’re a happy player off the court you’re more than likely going to be a happy player on the court.

So right now it seems a pretty good fit, obviously further down the road we’ll see how long that relationship lasts but I think right now it seems like a pretty positive impact that he’s had because Raducanu looks a lot happier on the court."

Tursunov quickly became one of the most respected coaches on the Tour after leading Aryna Sabalenka and Anett Kontaveit to the top-10.