'Haven't decided': Emma Raducanu in limbo amid coaching saga

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Emma Raducanu (pictured) walking off court after Indian Wells.
Emma Raducanu (pictured) appears to be still in search of a coach ahead of the Australian Open. (Getty Images)

US Open sensation Emma Raducanu has hinted she is upping her search for a coach ahead of the Australian Open, but has stressed the importance of 'coaching yourself'.

Raducanu raised eyebrows after parting ways with coach Andrew Richardson after her US Open victory - in a move that surprised many tennis commentators.

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Richardson coached the teenage star for two years at youth level and linked up with her again in July on a short-term deal for the duration of her time in the United States.

The move appeared to stun followers considering Raducanu had announced her participation at Indian Wells.

The move prompted her to link up with with Katie Boulter's coach Jeremy Bates ahead of Indian Wells.

Raducanu's decision was always going to be a stop-gap situation for the Indian Wells tournament in which the Brit crashed out in her first match.

Now, Raducanu has addressed her ongoing search for a coach ahead of her first Australian Open campaign.

"I am feeling optimistic about trying to have something in place for the off-season and the Australian Open. No, I haven't decided on the coach. But things are moving forward," Raducanu told reporters.

"I think having a coach is great, but you are on your own on the court. I don't think it is great to be dependent. You need to coach yourself. That is something I am learning.

"Part of the experience I am having is being able to learn to coach myself. 

"Sometimes it won't always work, like in Indian Wells, but in the long-term if I keep doing that then I will be better in the situations in the future."

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The 18-year-old parted ways with coach Nigel Sears after her breakthrough Wimbledon run to the last 16, where she eventually succumbed to breathing difficulties.

She then linked up with Richardson to claim an almost unthinkable maiden grand slam title at Flushing Meadows, before again deciding to move on to new pastures.

Spaniard Esteban Carril is set to guide Raducanu next.

However, Raducanu in set to play in the Transylvania Open in her father's native Romania, but Carril is not set to start his tenure with the Brit until after the tournament.

Emma Raducanu (pictured) dejected after she crashed out of Indian Wells.
Emma Raducanu (pictured) crashed out of Indian Wells in the early stages. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Carril will be Raducanu's fourth different coach in four months and British tennis great Greg Rusedksi says the teenager needs to find some stability for her game to flourish.

“Esteban (Carril) did a great job with Jo Konta when she had her big breakthrough and got into the top 10 in the world," he said.

“Hopefully this works out for Emma. But she needs consistency from a team point of view to push on with all the success she has had at the US Open.”

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