LONDON — U.S. Open champion Emma Raducanu has parted ways with coach Torben Beltz six months after hiring him.
The 19-year-old British player said she’s seeking “a new training model” despite rising to a career-high ranking of No. 11 this week after reaching the quarterfinals at the Stuttgart Open.
“I want to thank Torben for his coaching, professionalism and dedication over last half a year,” Raducanu said in a statement. “He has a huge heart and I have enjoyed our strong chemistry during the time together. I feel the best direction for my development is to transition to a new training model with the (British tennis federation) supporting in the interim.”
Raducanu split from coach Andrew Richardson after last year’s U.S. Open – where she became the first qualifier to win a Grand Slam title – and later hired Beltz, former coach of three-time major champion Angelique Kerber, saying she wanted someone with tour experience.
Raducanu is scheduled to play at the Madrid Open this week.
PARMA, Italy — Mayar Sherif became the first Egyptian to win a WTA Tour event by beating top-seeded Maria Sakkari 7-5, 6-3 at the Parma Ladies Open.
Besides earning her first career title, Sherif also notched her first win over a top-10 opponent.
Along with Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who reached the Wimbledon and U.S. Open finals this year, Sherif is raising the profile of tennis in North Africa.
The 74th-ranked Sherif actually had to win two matches on Saturday, first overcoming sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 in the semifinals, which were postponed a day due to rain.
The seventh-ranked Sakkari beat Danka Kovinic 7-5, 6-2 in her semifinal earlier Saturday.
PARMA, Italy — The semifinals of the Parma Ladies Open have been postponed by a day and will be played shortly before the final.
The decision was made because of persistent rain at the clay-court tournament.
Top-seeded Maria Sakkari will start on center court against Danka Kovinic at 10:30 a.m. local time (0830 GMT) before sixth-seeded Ana Bogdan’s match against Mayar Sherif.
The final will be after 6 p.m. local time, shortly after the doubles final – with the doubles semifinals also being played earlier in the day on a different court.