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Raducanu wants a coach with as much WTA Tour experience as possible

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Raducanu wants a coach with as much WTA Tour experience as possible

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The British No 1 announced on Friday that she has parted ways with the masterminds behind her Flushing Meadows fairytale. And one of her main mentors at Bromley Tennis Centre where she began playing from a young age.

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Richardson was on a short-term contract that was planned to end after the US Open anyway.

But Raducanu revealed she is looking for a coach with more WTA Tour experience.

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So she can continue winning competitions and rise in rankings, as she currently sits as the World No 22.

‘I feel like at this stage in my career, and playing the top players in the world. I realised I really need someone right now that has had that WTA Tour experience at the high levels. Which means that I’m looking for someone who has been at that level and knows what it takes. She said.

Raducanu wants a coach with as much WTA Tour experience as possible

‘And especially right now because I’m so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who’s already been through that.’

So with her momentum rising as she prepares for a decision that could shape the rest of her career. Where does Raducanu go next?

The decision needs to come quickly, as the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells starts in the first full week of October.

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Novak Djokovic has been backed by Express Sport readers to win five more career Grand Slam titles, and three this year following his record-equalling 22nd victory at the Australian Open last month. Djokovic secured his 10th title Down Under after defeating Stefanos Tsitsipas in last weekend’s final.

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The win is the Serbian’s 22nd Grand Slam title, equalling the record of his great rival Rafael Nadal. The pair are regarded as tennis’ greatest ever players alongside fellow ‘big three’ member Roger Federer.

Nadal – who won the Australian Open title in 2022 – was absent from this year’s tournament through injury, making Djokovic’s task a little easier. Despite this, Express Sport readers believe even a fit and firing Nadal would have been unable to stop the world No. 1 in Aus.

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In an Express Sports poll, 83% of the 10,515 readers that answered believe Djokovic would have still won his Australian Open crown if both Nadal and 2022 Wimbledon finalist Nick Kyrgios were fit to compete. And many expect Serbian dominance to continue.

This comes after 33% of readers who were questioned revealed that they felt Djokovic will reach 27 Grand Slam wins before his retirement from tennis, with 30% believing three more will come this year, with the Serbian backed to do the clean sweep. Victory in Melbourne marked the perfect start to 2023 for Djokovic, following a turbulent 2022.

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Warriors Fans in State of Confusion as Depth of Stephen Curry Injury Revealed by X-Ray

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Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry limped to the locker room in the second half of Saturday’s matchup against the Dallas Mavericks. He did not return as the Warriors held off the Mavericks 119-113.

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The injury occurred with 2:01 left in the third quarter when Curry appeared to bang knees with McKinley Wright IV while defending a drive. The Warriors’ star was whistled for a foul and came up favoring his left leg.

X-rays were negative and Curry will undergo an MRI exam.

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Warriors Fans in State of Confusion as Depth of Stephen Curry Injury Revealed by X-Ray

 

“Any time a guy’s going to get an MRI there’s a concerning level, for sure,” coach Steve Kerr said. “So we’ll just have to wait and see the results.”

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Curry, who missed 11 games earlier this season with a left shoulder subluxation, scored 21 points in 26 minutes with six rebounds and seven assists before his latest injury.

This is a difficult season for the Warriors and Mavericks, yes. The last two finalists in the West are out of the top 5 of the Conference with the course in February, which is rare. Those from the Bay had their usual reliability ( at least ) with Stephen Curry as alpha and omega. The Texans, with leaping to the next level, are on the back of Luka Doncic. But no one is in the mood to shoot rockets and, after the victory of the locals in the direct duel in San Francisco (119-113) the thing is like this: 27-26 the Warriors, 28-26 the Mavs. Seventh and sixth, half a game difference between the two, with the home court factor in the first round of the playoffs still within reach (26 losses are also the Clippers, now fourth)… but also the obligation to look back, and tremble.

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It is impossible not to look at LeBron James, who took the ( penultimate ?) bite of that career, against history and logic, which is about to end, before our very eyes. Another 27 points, 30.1 on average in the season in which he turned 38 and 20 in the NBA, and already only 36 to stack up to surpass Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The count is now 38,387 times 38,352. Just 36 more points and LeBron will be the player with the most points in history. He will put his name on one of those brands that seemed untouchable, the gold standard

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Which was (is, for a few more days) Kareem’s since 1984, a few months before LeBron himself was born. After a five-game road trip, the Lakers return to LA and, with ticket prices skyrocketing(smells like live history) they will play the Thunder on Tuesday and the Bucks on Thursday. If nothing unusual happens, during the European morning on Friday (04:00 Spanish time for both games) LeBron will surely be the top scorer in NBA history. If you hurry a little, it could be already before we have breakfast in Spain on Wednesday. From there, there will only be one account left: how far can he take his numbers, where will he leave his record, and how impossible? It will be to beat him when he retires. Probably, like Kareem, his successor hasn’t even been born yet.

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It is impossible not to look at the market. Kyrie Irving’s transfer request has created an earthquake in whose shock wave the Lakers dance, the vaunted favorite destination of a player whose bogeyman is impossible to trust (not without trembling) at this point but whose talent will always give him a life extra. The Lakers are looking for a coup de effect, something that saves them from themselves and their permanent errors in the offices during the last two seasons. Kyrie is the double somersault, the American-style miracle or ( almost, almost ) eternal damnation. 

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Things are so hot that LeBron, after the game against the Pelicans (in which he scored those 27 points) made a strange face when asked if Kyrie could bring them closer to the level of ring contenders. It will be because he won one with the point guard, in 2016. And he came to say questions like that to Rob Pelinka, the head honcho of the offices with whom he doesn’t get along too well right now. To the wise… But, because such a talent always gives extra lives, other suitors move: we already know that the Clippers are on it, it seems that the Mavericks are thinking about it, and the Suns have material with which to negotiate. There may not be anyone as desperate as the Lakers, but there may be someone faster. 

 

And if Kyrie goes elsewhere, it will sound like a failure for the Angelenos (the ones in purple and gold, at least) regardless of how it ends, that’s another, this (it seems imminent) new experiment for a player so difficult to predict and, in many of his behaviors, so hard to bear.

But, in the midst of all that, it was impossible not to also look at New Orleans, where the Lakers consummated a seemingly major disaster. It’s easy: on the day they had to win, they lost. Beyond historical records and castles in the exhausting air of the market, the Lakers lost a key game, a crossroads, against those Pelicans to whom they have been so closely linked since the transfer of Anthony Davis: 131-126. They lost against a rival who had lost ten games in a row and who, precisely for this reason, they could have overtaken in the race for the play-in from West.

 

They lost although they dominated for more than half the game with some clarity. They lost because they took 70 points in the second half from a team that was in a tremendous offensive crisis until, what a coincidence, tonight. They lost even though Zion Williamson was not in front and, when the moment of truth arrived, neither was Jonas Valanciunas, who left the game in the third quarter due to a knee injury. They lost because, for the umpteenth time, they let the result be decided in the final moments and there, also for the umpteenth time, they had no energy to attack and no idea how to defend.

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 They lost because it doesn’t seem like life is going for them when it is. And because Darvin Ham seems less and less capable of managing a rotation that is already very poor with sense, judgment, and reflexes. Ham, shielded by the chaos that surrounds him, begins to seem more like a concern than a solution to the Lakers’ problems. Which are many.

Ham gifted minuscule defenders like Patrick Beverley to Brandon Ingram who still hadn’t picked up a rhythm after coming back from his long and ugly injury. The forward was grateful for the gift: 35 points and the decisive dribble while the Lakers visibly ran out of strength after letting a game that they had tamed into the third quarter (72-84) slip away. With everything going for them and an obvious need to win, they lost

 

Davis spoke afterward that the urgency is at its maximum and that what must be done now. But he is wrong: it should have been done already, at least tonight. Now it is 25-29 by the 27-27 of the Pelicans, saved from themselves by a frighteningly incapable rival to make way and pushed to the end by their greater cohesion and freshness of mind that did not appear in some dull, clueless and Poorly trained, of course. Some to whom a very low-profile West continues to give opportunities that they surely don’t even deserve. Opportunities, perhaps for that very reason, continue to be misused pitifully.

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