Emma Raducanu confirms Torben Beltz as new coach with ‘experience’ and ‘energy’ to help young Brit’s game

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Torben Beltz has been hired as Emma Raducanu’s new coach with the teenager describing her optimism at working under the German next season.

The British No1’s stunning year came to a close on Tuesday as she suffered a first-round defeat at the Linz Open, falling 6-1, 6-7 (0-7), 7-5 to Chinese qualifier Wang Xinyu.

Coaching herself in Austria, much of the pre-game talk was dedicated to Beltz’s expected appointment. The 44-year-old has trained Angelique Kerber for long spells of her career, including her 2016 Australian Open and US Open wins.

Raducanu told reporters: “You guys cracked it. It’s obviously a great privilege to be working with such an experienced coach.

“I’m definitely very excited to work with him throughout the pre-season and into next year. I’m feeling excited about all the work that is to come.

“I think he brings a lot of experience. Obviously he’s worked with Kerber, who’s such a great player and has done extremely well, winning three slams.

“I think that experience definitely helps with someone as inexperienced as me.

“He can help guide me through, which I feel really confident about, and also he’s a really positive, cheerful guy who brings great energy to the team so I think that’s also important when you’re travelling on the road for quite a long time on the tour.”

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Beltz’s appointment ends a period of transition for the US Open winner, Raducanu having split from coach Andrew Richardson following her breakout triumph.

Since then, the 18-year-old has struggled to rack up the wins but was satisfied with her performance in Linz, which ended after an injury scare in the third set.

“I thought it was a really high level match,” noted Raducanu. “I thought Xinyu played extremely well, especially in that first set, and I’m proud of the way I fought to try to get back into the match.

“Everything was going her way and she was playing extremely well so a lot of credit to her for keeping that level out there on the court.

“In the third I had a hip spasm in the first point of that game and from there I was just fighting to try to stay in it.”

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