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‘Work hard and good things will happen’ says Barry Cowan Emma Raducanu must trust the ‘process’ with long-term planning a key part of Britain’s No.1 progressing alongside her coach Torben Beltz, despite an early injury. the 2022 season
Last update: 02/27/22 11:27
Barry Cowan says there is still so much tennis ahead of Emma Raducanu, but fears her confidence will be eroded if she decides to constantly change coaches
Tennis analyst Barry Cowan says people shouldn’t have “gut reactions” just because Emma Raducanu loses a match, but he insists she needs long-term planning.
The 19-year-old hasn’t found any momentum since her stunning triumph at the US Open in September.
Her pre-season training in December was disrupted by a bout of Covid-19 and she then struggled with a blister in her hand at the Australian Open.
The British No.1 suffered a minor left leg injury in a grueling first-round match against Daria Saville in Guadalajara – the longest WTA match of the season – before withdrawing from the WTA tournament in Monterrey.
She could now be a doubt for Indian Wells, from March 7.
It’s going to be a tough part of the year for Emma because of Indian Wells, Miami and clay where she’s incredibly inexperienced, but just because she loses a match isn’t the end of the game. world.
Barry Cowan on Emma Raducanu
Although Cowan says Raducanu may not be playing top 10 tennis right now, it’s important that she maintains her relationship with coach Torben Beltz.
“She needs consistency around her to put on the hard yards and improve as a player. There’s so much out there in terms of tennis, but there are some things along the way that will affect you because your life is going to change and it’s in demand,” Cowan said. sky sports.
“Right now everything that happens on the match pitch for me is something I don’t worry about. It’s somewhere else. Is she doing tough training sessions? Is she focused? Does she have her mind on tennis? At the moment, I’m not worried about that.
“It’s going to be a tough part of the year for Emma because of Indian Wells, Miami and clay where she’s incredibly inexperienced, but just because she loses a game, that’s not the end. of the world.
“If she feels the pressure is building unfortunately it only tends to go one way and then you freak out a bit and if she makes another change of coach because she’s lost a few more games, it’s short term. She needs long term planning which is something I hope will happen.
“If she has three coaches in a year and she’s constantly changing things up, looking for US Open level, then I think her confidence can erode quickly.”
Long-term planning is the key to Raducanu’s progress
Cowan thinks Raducanu needs stable coaching around her so she can improve as a player
Beltz, who is best known for his work with fellow German Angelique Kerber, teamed up with Raducanu ahead of the 2022 season after parting ways with Nigel Sears after Wimbledon and Andrew Richardson after the US Open.
Cowan hopes his appointment with the current world number 12 will last two, three or even four years.
“If you look at the history of the sport, the very, very best players in those key years, between 18 and 22, very few of them change coaches. They have this constant coach during that time,” said- he declared.
“Emma needs a constant message. You don’t have the chance to win a US Open at 18 like she did, but there shouldn’t be any pressure.
“There shouldn’t be any pressure for Emma to succeed at Roland Garros, Indian Wells or Miami.
“At the moment she’s not in the top 16. She’s not in the top 20 or top 30 at the moment – that will come.
“If she judges herself on not having made the third round of these tournaments as a failure, I think that is a very dangerous state of mind for her.
“Work hard, go for that Rafa mentality – ‘process’. Work hard and good things will happen.”
Multiple Grand Slam champion in the making?
Since Serena Williams won her record 23rd Grand Slam at the 2017 Australian Open, 12 of the following 19 majors have seen their first champions, including Raducanu’s remarkable win in New York.
But Cowan believes the British teenager will add to her title triumph at Flushing Meadows in the years to come.
He said: “I saw her as a multiple Grand Slam winner when she won the US Open, so why should I change my mind six months later?
“We all have to make sure our reactions aren’t impulsive just because Emma loses a game, there’s still so much tennis ahead of her.
“In all of sport, if you take your eyes off the ball, whoever you are, things can go wrong very quickly. You have to be consistent in what you do and have a consistent team around you.
“When you have that, you combine it with the talent and the mentality that she has, so you’re going to win tennis matches, and if you win tennis matches, you’re going to win titles.”