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Ana decided against appointing David Taylor as an authorised on-court coach during her first round match against Tatiana Golovin on Monday, which she won 6-4, 6-2.
Both players were entitled to nominate someone to come onto court to coach them during the match, as part of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour’s two-week experiment with on-court coaching, which began at the Rogers Cup yesterday. Like many players, Ana and David are both opposed to the concept and decided against the Australian coaching during the match.
David explained: “I would like Ana to be able to process what is happening intrinsically, and be able to follow through with the plan alone. I believe this leads to greater belief in one’s abilities.”
Ana concurred. “I think it is important to be independent on the court,” she said. “David and I decided not to do it. I was fully focussed on my game and was very pleased with how I played.”
Golovin is without a coach in Montreal and she too did not nominate anyone to coach her during the match. "The players are ambivalent about it, but I think tennis is an individual sport," she said.
Ana will face Golovin again today in the first round of the doubles competition. Ana and Maria Kirilenko take on the Frenchwoman and Canada’s Marie-Eve Pelletier in the fourth match on the National Bank court. It is expected to begin sometime after 4.30pm local time (10.30pm Central European Time).
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