Lundgren Aims To Lift Hantuchova's Game
Published April 14, 2014 12:12
Former World No.5 and six-time WTA titlist Daniela Hantuchova started working with renowned tennis coach Peter Lundgren last month, and it already appears to be paying off.
Hantuchova had lost five straight matches coming into her last event in Charleston two weeks ago, but en route to the quarterfinals there won three straight matches for the first time since the US Open.
Lundgren has worked with ATP stars Roger Federer, Marat Safin, Marcelo Rios and Stanislas Wawrinka, among others, and Hantuchova is thrilled to be the Swede's newest pupil.
"It's amazing. I can't tell you how thankful I am for this opportunity," Hantuchova said. "I wanted to work with him for years, but obviously he's been on the men's side coaching some pretty good names in the business. So I understood that.
"Having the opportunity now at this stage of my career is very motivating. It gives me a new kind of energy, and it's not easy the stuff he's trying to get me to do, but I'm prepared to do the work. I don't know how long it's going to take, but it's all great stuff, and I'm really delighted to have him by my side."
Lundgren is still getting used to some differences between the men's and women's game.
"I'm sure he sees things he doesn't see on the men's side, like double faulting three times in a row and the whole on-court coaching is pretty new," Hantuchova said. "It was kind of funny. He came on the court and didn't even sit down. I was like, 'Should I sit down?' It was all fun. He's learning fast and is getting used to the woman's thinking. I think that is the biggest difference between the girls and the boys, that they just think differently. But it's been great."
Hantuchova explained some other differences Lundgren is adjusting to.
"I'd have to say he's very surprised how fast we play," Hantuchova said. "We hit the ball really fast, whereas the guys use more spin. But overall it's pretty much the same, except the thinking part, where we, I think in general, like to make things a little bit more complicated than the guys.
"So that's something we are working on, but overall, he's just trying to get me to do the same stuff he's worked on with the guys."
Lundgren won three titles as a player on the ATP World Tour and got as high as No.25 in the world.