Sports Digest: US Open champion Emma Raducanu separates from her trainer



US Open champion Emma Raducanu is on the hunt for a new coach just weeks after winning her first major tournament. Jeremy Selwyn / Pool Photo via Associated Press


Emma Raducanu has split from her coach, less than two weeks after winning the US Open in qualifying.

Andrew Richardson coached Raducanu for two years at the youth level and partnered with her again in July on a short-term contract for the duration of her time in the United States before and during the US Open.

The 18-year-old Briton has said she wants a more experienced coach now that she will play in bigger events on the WTA Tour.

“I’m looking for someone who’s been at this level and who knows what it takes,” Raducanu said.

“And especially at the moment because I’m so new to it, I really need someone to guide me who’s been through this before.”

Richardson is a former Davis Cup player for Great Britain but has little WTA Tour experience.

OSTRAVA OPEN: Favorite Iga Swiatek of Poland advanced to the semi-finals in Ostrava, Czech Republic, beating seventh-placed Kazakhe Elena Rybakina, 7-6 (5), 6-2.

In addition, the Czech Petra Kvitova, second seed, eliminated Jil Teichmann of Switzerland, 6-4, 6-4.


IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP: The Ironman World Championship will be held outside Hawaii for the first time in four decades due to uncertainty over whether the Big Island will be able to host the triathlon as planned in February during the coronavirus pandemic.

Competitors will instead head to St. George, Utah on May 7, West Hawaii Today reported. Organizers plan to bring the event back to the islands in October 2022.


NBA: Chicago Bulls forward Patrick Williams suffers from a severe sprained left ankle that could see him miss the start of the season.

The news is a blow to a team hoping to advance to the Eastern Conference playoffs after a few major offseason moves.

The Bulls expect Williams to miss four to six weeks due to the September 15 injury sustained during optional individual training. Chicago opens the season in Detroit on October 20.

Williams started 71 games and averaged 9.2 points and 4.6 rebounds last year after being drafted to Florida state with the No.4 pick overall.


FIGURE SKATING: Vincent Zhou won the men’s Nebelhorn Trophy competition, which secured a third appearance at the Beijing Olympics for the United States.

The Nebelhorn Trophy is the last qualifying competition for the Olympic Games next February.


FORMULA ONE: Formula 1 leader Max Verstappen will start from the back of the grid in the Russian Grand Prix after the team confirms he will use a new engine and accept the resulting penalty.

Verstappen had to revise his engine allocation for the season, as one of them suffered damage when it crashed after making contact with Lewis Hamilton at the British Grand Prix in July.

Verstappen said he would need a new engine at some point before the end of the season.

INDYCAR: The love story between Romain Grosjean and IndyCar will continue for another year. The French will move to Andretti Autosport in 2022 to drive a full season, including the Indianapolis 500.

Grosjean did not enter the ovals when he left Formula 1 to drive for Dale Coyne Racing in IndyCar. He suffered serious burns in a season-ending F1 accident last November and didn’t want to hurt his family when he saw him racing in IndyCar’s most dangerous discipline.

Grosjean will drive the DHL-sponsored No.28 and replace Ryan Hunter-Reay, the former IndyCar Series champion and Indianapolis 500 winner who was dropped after 12 seasons. The move had been expected since July but was confirmed on Friday during the Long Beach Grand Prix, the last event of the year.


WORLD CUP QUALIFICATIONS: Brazil have called up eight English Premier League players for the World Cup qualifiers while hoping to avoid a repeat of ridiculous scenes which saw health officials come onto the pitch to interrupt the team’s match against the ‘Argentina earlier this month.

FIFA is hoping the UK government eases quarantine requirements for players in time for this qualifying round in October. English clubs have collectively agreed not to release players in countries on the government’s “red list” of coronaviruses for September internationals, including Brazil.

Quarantine exemptions for Premier League players are being discussed in a bid to avoid a new dispute. There remains a possibility that an agreement can be reached to prevent players from being quarantined for 10 days upon their return.

SPAIN: Trouble for Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman continues to mount.

Koeman received a two-match suspension for complaining after Barcelona’s 0-0 draw at Cadiz on Thursday. The result extended Barcelona’s winless streak to three games and increased the pressure on Koeman.

Koeman was kicked deep into downtime for complaints against the fourth official. The Spanish soccer federation has determined that this deserves a more severe two-match suspension than the automatic one-match ban for a red card.

ENGLAND: Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has claimed referees awarded his side fewer penalties due to a complaint from Liverpool counterpart Jurgen Klopp earlier this year.

Solskjaer is still unhappy that United were denied two penalties in their 2-1 win over West Ham on Sunday. He also believed his side deserved a penalty against the same opponent in a League Cup game on Wednesday that West Ham won, 1-0.

GERMANY: Robert Lewandowski’s back-to-back goal streak for Bayern Munich ended in 19 games when he failed to score a goal in his side’s 3-1 win over late Greuther Furth.

Lewandowski, who hit the crossbar in the 40th minute, also came close to matching Gerd Muller’s scoring record in 16 straight Bundesliga games. Lewandowski’s 19-game streak included League, German Cup and Champions League matches.

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