WTA news: Emma Raducanu praises calming influence of new coach Sebastien Sachs

British tennis star Emma Raducanu is already a big fan of her new coach Sebastien Sachs, praising his calming influence over her.

Raducanu had been without a coach since she parted with Dmitry Tursunov in October when the Russian took on the roll of Belinda Bencic's full-time mentor.

The British No 1 has now turned to Sachs, who helped Bencic to win gold at Tokyo Olympics while he was also briefly worked with former world No 1 Victoria Azarenka. The German also coached former Wimbledon semi-finalist Julie Goerges.

However, Raducanu is enjoying working with Sachs, but he is not yet permanent.

"We are trialling until the end of the year and just seeing how it goes really," she is quoted as saying by the BBC.

"It's been going well. I've done a week with him so far and I think he's a really calm influence. He's on it, switched on, and yeah, I'm excited to see how it goes."

Sachs is Raducanu's fifth coach in the past 18 months as she has also worked with Torben Beltz, Andrew Richardson and Nigel Sears since making her breakthrough at Wimbledon last year.

The 2021 US Open winner has struggled to replicate the form that won her the title at Flushing Meadows and has dropped to outside the top 70 of the WTA Rankings after a string of poor results.

"Physically, body, injury-wise I'm good now, I'm clear. Touch wood it stays like that," she said.

The world No 76 added: "I really worked on my fitness the last two months, less on the tennis court. So I'm just trying to get my feeling on the court."

"I really obviously want to work hard, try to get back on court as much as possible but I could overdo it if I didn't really think it through because I want to be back on court so much.

"I just need to maybe cut down a little bit on the hours sometimes."

The 20-year-old played in 18 tournaments in 2022 with her win-loss record 17-19 while the closest she came to a title was at the Korea Open where she reached the semi-final.

So what is her big goal for the 2023 campaign?

"I want to be able to go out there and just focus on the tennis," she said. "I think this year I'm in a better position but it's still going to take some time to develop fully.

"I think my goal in 2023 is probably to win a title."

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