Australia's Sam Stosur and her now former coach David Taylor last year. Photo: Paul Rovere
Sam Stosur has split with her coach of six years, David Taylor, just over a week before the last grand slam tournament of the season starts in New York.
When the 2011 US Open champion returns to Flushing Meadows, she will be working with the Tennis Australia coaching team, leaving the search for a permanent replacement on hold for now.
Stosur, the world No.11, has struggled for form for much of 2013 after ankle surgery late last year, but has won nine of her past 11 matches on American hardcourts, including claiming the Southern California Open in Carlsbad this month to break a two-year title drought.
‘‘After six years working together my coach David Taylor and I have decided to part ways,’’ Stosur said in a statement after her third-round loss to Simona Halep in Cincinnati. ‘‘We’ve had a tremendous working relationship and I owe so much of my success to Dave’s hard work and enduring support.
‘‘Dave and I started working together during my comeback from Lyme disease, one of the most challenging times of my life. His dedication during the many highs and lows of my career has been unwavering both on and off the court. I wish Dave all the very best for the future.
‘‘During the US Open I’ll be working with the Tennis Australia team, including Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik, and I’ll start thinking about longer-term options after New York.’’
Stosur and Taylor have shared a close personal bond at the core of a tight-knit entourage. Only this year, Taylor relinquished his role as Fed Cup captain to reduce the time spent away from his young family, and devote himself solely to Stosur, whom he helped transform from an unfulfilled player to US Open champion and a fixture in the top 10.
Last year at the season-ending WTA Championships in Istanbul, Stosur told Fairfax Media: ‘‘I’m absolutely happy with what I’ve got in place and how it all works. I absolutely fully trust what he says and our relationship together.
‘‘We’re just both always trying to work towards making me as best I can.’’