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U.S. Open champ Emma Raducanu parts ways with coach

Yardbarker logo Yardbarker 9/24/2021 Zac Wassink, Yardbarker
a person standing in front of a crowd: Emma Raducanu © Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports Emma Raducanu

British teenager Emma Raducanu became one of the true out-of-nowhere sensations of women's tennis and the sports world in general during her summer run that ended with her hoisting the U.S. Open championship trophy as a qualifier.

As the Associated Press (h/t ESPN) noted Friday, Raducanu parted ways with coach Andrew Richardson and is looking for somebody with more experience at the biggest WTA Tour events now that she is ranked No. 22 in the world. Richardson coached the 18-year-old at the youth level and, most recently, ahead of and during her title-winning run at the U.S. Open. 

"I'm looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes," Raducanu said Friday. "And especially right now because I'm so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who's already been through that." 

She continued: 

"At the time, I thought Andrew would be a great coach to trial so we went to the States but never did I even dream of winning the U.S. Open and having the run I did, and now I'm ranked No. 22 in the world, which is pretty crazy to me."

She also added she likely won't select Richardson's full-time replacement until the end of the tennis season. 

Raducanu entered this year's Wimbledon Championships ranked No. 338 in the world but recorded three straight victories before she retired from her fourth-round match due to breathing issues she later addressed via social media. According to Peter Bodo of Tennis.com, Raducanu denied she experienced any sort of anxiety or "panic" attack on the court. 

"I think that it was a combination of everything that has gone on behind the scenes in the last week, the accumulation of the excitement, the buzz," she explained.

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