Moving on: Sam Stosur will take her time choosing a new coach. Photo: Reuters
Sam Stosur will not rush to appoint a replacement coach for the departed David Taylor, while acknowledging the unusual timing of a decision made less than a week after her first singles title in almost two years and just before her return to the site of her previous and greatest success, at the 2011 US Open.
The 11th-seeded Stosur, who plays American qualifier Victoria Duval in her first-round match at Flushing Meadows on Tuesday, will work with Fed Cup captain Alicia Molik during the year's final grand slam, before considering her options, but is determined to make the right decision rather than a hasty one.
''I haven't put a time frame on it,'' Stosur said in New York. ''I think you've got to wait and see, and see if that right person comes about, and I'm not going to get to four weeks down the track and go 'oh, God, I haven't got anyone yet, I'm gonna take this person just because I haven't got anyone'.
''So I want to make sure that it's the right decision and someone that I feel like can make a long-term commitment to it, so whenever that ends up being that's going to be it.''
The Queenslander had spent almost six years with Taylor before their mutually agreed decision to split after her upset loss to 25th-ranked Simona Halep in Toronto. They have not spoken since, but Stosur said there was no animosity, just an acceptance that the time had come.
''As these little periods have gone on, I think we both were kind of feeling that we'd almost come to the end,'' she said. ''Unfortunately, it happened to be last week. Neither of us, I'm sure, would have wanted it to happen right then, and obviously with winning that (Carlsbad) tournament it almost makes it seem a little strange. But I think we both felt that it was time and if something's time is up, then you've kind of got to call it a day.''
Stosur said she was self-motivated enough not to need a whip-cracker as her next mentor, and experienced enough, at 29, to know how to prepare and play in the meantime. She forecast subtle adjustments rather than radical changes to her serve-and-forehand-heavy game. ''At this point it's those little things that can make the difference between winning a tournament or losing a tournament, or maybe winning another grand slam or maybe not, so I guess you've got to weigh up all your options and talk to a lot of people, and whoever it ends up being you've got to feel like they can make that difference.''
The difference between now and six years ago, she said, was that she now knows her own game far better: what she wants to do, how she wants to play, how to piece the puzzle together.
''So that was a huge thing when I started with Dave was to get that direction and I've had that for such a long time now I probably have a better idea of 'OK, this is what I want out of someone, this is how I want to do things, this is what I think I need to work on and see what they think'.
''And then you throw things around and obviously you're hiring a coach for some sort of direction, but I think now being the age that I'm at, and playing for so long, I think I've got a much better idea of what all those things are now than what I did back then, so it's probably a bit more of a combined effort, so to speak, whereas before I obviously relied on Dave a lot when we first started.''