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Emma Raducanu makes surprise ‘loner’ admission ahead of Italian Open

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Emma Raducanu likes taking charge of her own training and preparation (Picture: Getty)

Emma Raducanu says she us enjoying her independence and has likened herself to a ‘loner’ after splitting with several coaches in recent months.

Since the end of last season, the US Open champion had been working with Torben Beltz, the German who has worked with the three-time grand-slam champion Angelique Kerber in the past.

But two weeks ago, Raducanu ended her partnership with Beltz which followed her decision to split with two other instructors last year, the highly-rated British coach Nigel Sears and Andrew Richardson.

Raducanu is now operating without a designated coach and, speaking ahead of the Italian Open where she plays Bianca Andreescu in the first round, the 19-year-old told reporters: ‘I’d describe myself as a loner. For the past year I’ve had a lot of people around me a lot and very often.

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‘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.’

Since winning the US Open, Raducanu has struggled to reproduce the form which lit up New York.

Raducanu dismissed Torben Beltz two weeks ago (Picture: Getty)

Owing to injuries and fitness troubles, the Briton has pulled out of a number of tournaments this season with her best result coming in April in Stuttgart where she made the quarter-finals.

As the the French Open moves closer, Raducanu is playing professionally on the clay courts for the first time in her career as she tries to get ready for the year’s second grand-slam.

Last week, the teenage sensation made it to the last-16 of the Madrid Open and she is keen to keep improving her clay game.

She added: ‘Clay is very new to me. 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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