I think it depends on the player. Hingis is a very intuitive and clever player on court, and she's been playing since her little childhood, so I believe she can manage herself! Tati has no coach and she's not plunging in the rankings!
But some players really need a coach: Mary's attempt to go on with no coach at San Diego and USOpen failed and she explained herself that she was the kind of player who needed a coach, to push do stuff and advise her.
So my conclusion: everything depends on the players' personnality.
Cara Black - Liezel Huber - Mary Pierce
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