Emma Raducanu’s former coach answers ‘difficult question’ with his opinion now changed

Emma Raducanu has shown ‘ruthless streak’ says commentator

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Emma Raducanu’s former coach has answered a ‘difficult question’ about where the British star should rank following her incredible US Open triumph. The 18-year-old is the World No 22 following her ground-breaking victory at Flushing Meadows. 

Raducanu defeated fellow teen Leylah Fernandez in a thrilling final to claim the first Slam title of her fledgling career.

The Bromley-based talent had started the tournament as a qualifier and admitted that she had her flight home booked after the qualifying rounds before stunning the world to win the whole tournament in Flushing Meadows.

It was a sensational way for Raducanu to build on an impressive Wimbledon debut. Raducanu reached the fourth round before retiring on centre court against Ajla Tomljanovic.  

She started the year as the World No 335, but has remarkably risen over 310 places in just 10 months.  

But her former coach, Roman Kelicic, believes she could actually have been ranked among the best 20 players in the world a year ago. 

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Asked if Raducanu is the best player in the world, Kelecic, who coached her from 14 to 16, said that she can now be considered among the top five. 

“It is a difficult question and there are many factors that will influence it,” Kelecic told Blic Sport.  

“If you had asked me a year ago, I would have said that her place in the top 20 was secured, after Wimbledon I moved that ladder and said that her new reach is the top 10. 

“But now … I will say that she has the potential for the top five. If the injuries bypass her and if she continues to be constant, then the sky is her limit.”

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Coincidentally, Raducanu is on the search for a new coach after splitting from Andrew Richardson following the US Open.  

Richardson had returned to coach Raducanu on a short-term deal following her split from Nigel Sears. 

Sears coached Raducanu at Wimbledon but they parted ways following her fourth-round exit from Wimbledon. 

According to the Telegraph, Raducanu could appoint former British number one Jeremy Bates as her new coach after recently being spotted with him.

The British sensation’s US Open success will likely make her in-demand with some of the world’s top coaches.  

Raducanu will make her first appearance since New York this week at Indian Wells.  

Explaining her split with Richardson, she said: “Obviously having such an experience with your team. It’s tough to have that conversation with anyone.

“But I need someone who’s had that professional tour experience. I think for me it’s just really what I need. 

“And especially right now because I’m so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who’s already been through that.”

“I feel like at this stage in my career, and playing the top players in the world, I realised I really need someone right now that has had that WTA Tour experience at the high levels, which means that I’m looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes.”

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