Australian No. 1 Samantha Stosur (Player Bio) has revealed that she has hired Miles Maclagan as her new coach for the upcoming season in 2014. Maclagan previously coached Brits Andy Murray and Laura Robson and as well as Marcos Baghdatis.
“Sam’s 29 years of age, so no one who works with her is going to come in and make big changes,” Stosur’s manager, Paul Kilderry, told The Melbourne Age. “She’s got a great game and if someone can come in and add a couple of percent here and there I think she’ll continue to have a great career for quite a few more years.”
The World no. 18 split with former coach David Taylor after topping World no. 2 Victoria Azarenka in the finals in Carlsbad. She has had a turbulent season, where she suffered a surprising first round exit from the U.S. Open to qualifier Victoria Duval but managed to recover later in the season to defeat Eugenie Bouchard to win Osaka and also reach the finals Moscow and Sofia.
Maclagan formerly coached World no. 4 Andy Murray and joined with Laura Robson after the French Open but lasted a mere four months as Robson announced in October that they had parted ways.
Stosur will be looking for a fresh start in 2014 and it will be interesting to see if her new coach will have a positive impact on her upcoming season.