Stosur splits with coach on eve of Wimbledon
June 18, 2009 - 3:18PM
Samantha Stosur has split from coach Rene Moller on the eve of Wimbledon and less than a fortnight after reaching the French Open semi-finals.
Stosur has teamed up once more with Fed Cup coach David Taylor, who spent about 18 months helping the Queenslander make her comeback after six months out recovering from serious illness in late 2007.
Taylor finished working with Stosur in late January - after she bowed out in the third round of the Australian Open - so he could focus on his development role with Tennis Australia helping talented teenagers including Olivia Rogowska and Isabella Holland.
Stosur then turned to New Zealander Moller - who like the Australian has a base in Tampa, Florida - in February and the partnership had appeared to work well given her success reaching the quarter-finals at the Miami Masters in March and her career-best performance at Roland Garros a fortnight ago.
But Taylor was back by Stosur's side on Wednesday for her second-round match at the WTA tournament at Eastbourne and he will spend the rest of the season dividing his time between helping her and his younger charges.
Stosur and Moller, who has in the past worked with greats including Martina Hingis and Mary Pierce, were reluctant to reveal exactly what was behind the split.
"I know it looks really weird, but there's a few things ... I'm not going into it like this," Stosur told AAP.
"But I've been in contact with Dave all year for the three or four months that I was with Rene and I wanted to continue that.
"He was able to do it, so that's what we've done."
Taylor, who cheered Stosur on in Paris while helping Holland and Rogowska, said he had maintained contact with Stosur in recent months despite no longer being her coach.
"It's definitely a relationship she wanted to keep going and she felt she had progressed," he told AAP.
"It's not as if we stopped contact (after the Australian Open).
"It's something I had always overseen a bit and she made that decision and Tennis Australia were able to give us some more work together."
Stosur's decision to change coaches on the eve of Wimbledon mirrors the switch Lleyton Hewitt made when he split from Jason Stoltenberg after bowing out of the 2003 French Open in the third round.
Hewitt was at the time riding high as Wimbledon's second seed and defending champion at the All England Club, but crashed out in his first-round match against the big-serving Croatian Ivo Karlovic.
Stosur's other former coaches in recent years have included Gigi Fernandez, Nick Watkins, Nicole Bradtke, Adam Peterson and John Alexander.
When she teamed up with Taylor the Queenslander was battling to recover from Lyme's disease and her ranking had slipped from an all-time high of No.27 to No.154.
Under his tutelage, Stosur had climbed back to No.42 by the time they parted company after the Australian Open this year.
After her semi-final success at the French Open, Stosur's ranking has rocketed to a new high of No.18 and she now has her sights set on cracking the top 10.
Stosur took a week off after Roland Garros before hitting the grasscourts of Eastbourne on Monday for the WTA event there.
Unfortunately, she was unable to build on her French Open success and lost her second-round match 6-1 5-7 6-1 against Danish sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki.