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Why Emma Raducanu is in her best form since the US Open

Her approach on serve is a piece in progress, altering from week to week. Or, no less than, it was. Since the begin of April, remedial work with the skilled doubles coach Louis Cayer – who additionally rejigged Andy Murray’s serve in 2016 – has improved the stream of the movement. The outcome is extra punch, extra accuracy and extra confidence.

“I definitely think that he added great insight,” stated Raducanu of Cayer. “I really feel like he is clearly a extremely famend coach in the UK and he is received tons of expertise so simply to choose his brain a bit of was actually nice for me.

“When my serve percentage has been low and also slow. I’ve been running a lot and getting myself into very long rallies. Then the match gets more and more physical. I really need to step up my first serve.”

Telegraph Sport understands that Raducanu requested Cayer to work with her at the slams this summer season – particularly the French Open and Wimbledon. Unfortunately, his priorities nonetheless lie together with his doubles proteges: the world No1 Joe Salisbury and the fast-rising Liverpudlian Neal Skupski. As a outcome, he is being described as Raducanu’s “technical consultant” fairly than her coach.

Asked whether or not she deliberate to seek the advice of Cayer extra recurrently in the coming weeks, Raducanu replied “Who knows? I mean, he’s with the Lawn Tennis Association, so I guess if I if I could tap in occasionally that’d be nice.”

Stars aligning once more

The Raducanu revival is nonetheless in its early levels, and will simply come to grief towards Kalinina on Tuesday. But there is clearly a chance right here at the Mutua Madrid Open, which is Europe’s largest WTA occasion.

Could the stars be aligning, in the identical means that they did in New York? There are no less than three causes to be cheeful.

For one factor, the draw has opened up properly, with Raducanu – the ninth seed – now the highest-ranked participant in the high half. For one other, Madrid’s 700m altitude implies that the courts are taking part in quick, which is how she likes them. Finally, she is coming in off a wholesome run of matches for the first time since final summer season.

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