After breaking up with former coach Torben Beltz, US Open champion Emma Raducanu considers herself a “loner”

After breaking up with former coach Torben Beltz, US Open champion Emma Raducanu considers herself a "loner"

After breaking with coach Torben Beltz last month, Emma Raducanu characterised herself as “a loner” while she adjusts to life on the court.

The British woman says she enjoys the independence of self-coaching and is learning a lot about herself.

The US Open winner hired the German at the close of last season, who is most known for coaching Angelique Kerber through her professional career, but the partnership was short-lived.

“I’d describe myself as a loner,” Raducanu, who faces Bianca Andreescu in the Italian Open first round this week, told reporters.

“To be on my own is interesting because I’m kind of finding out a lot about myself, understanding what I need and what I don’t need.”

“For the past year… I’ve had a lot of people around me a lot and very often.

Raducanu has had mixed results following her maiden Grand Slam title at last year’s US Open but has had an encouraging run in the claycourt season where she reached the Stuttgart quarter-finals and Madrid last-16.

She played her first professional match on clay in the Billie Jean King Cup qualifiers last month and said she has been learning about the surface as she plays.

“Clay is very new to me,” she added. “I definitely feel like I have been progressing with each week, improving, getting a better understanding of how to play points, when to stay in the point or when to stay aggressive.

“I don’t think I’m like the finished product at all. But, yeah, I’m heading in a good direction.”  

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