Sport Tennis Stosur flies solo for Wimbledon

Stosur flies solo for Wimbledon

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The thought of heading into another difficult Wimbledon campaign without the support of a coach holds no fear for Samantha Stosur.

In fact, flying solo has been a refreshing in some ways for Australia’s top-ranked tennis player since her split from Miles Maclagan this week.

“I’ve found the last few days, you go out and practise what you want to practise on and you probably cut yourself a bit more slack,” Stosur said of working without a coach, stressing their parting was amicable.

“Working hard and doing what I need to be doing as far as hours on court or drills isn’t something that I need somebody yelling at me to ‘do this, do this, do this’.

“I enjoy that part of tennis and I love training anyway so I think it’s a matter of being precise in what you want to do and how you want to work on it.

“That’s what I’ve been trying to work on the last few days and that’s what I’ll continue to do for the next week and however long it is I don’t have a coach.”

Stosur cut professional ties with the Briton after just seven months working together.

The world No.17 said the coach wasn’t to blame for a run of frustrating results in 2014 but she had reached a point where she felt change was needed.

It means Stosur will head into a grand slam without a coach for the second time in nine months, with her six-year partnership with Dave Taylor ending just before last year’s US Open.

Stosur lost in the first round there but ended the season on a high, winning a WTA title in Osaka and reaching finals in Moscow and Sofia.

That run of form without a full time mentor has Stosur confident the significant change to her support team won’t disrupt her latest bid to make a mark at the grass court grand slam.

“I know how to play tennis, I know what I want to do on the court,” Stosur said.

“It’s a matter of doing it and I don’t think not having a coach for a tournament or a period of time is going to make me such a worse player.”

Stosur will begin her Wimbledon campaign on Tuesday against rising Belgian Yanina Wickmayer.

She would also likely need to beat New Zealander Marina Erakovic and former world No.1 Caroline Wozniacki to progress past the third round for the first time.