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First On EWN: More abuse claims made against Bob Hewitt

A fourth woman has come forward with claims Bob Hewitt abused her while he was her tennis coach.

Leigh-Ann Taylor (right) is the fourth person to come forward with sexual abuse claims against former tennis star Bob Hewitt. Picture: Kgothatso Mogale/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Another woman has come forward, claiming former tennis champion Bob Hewitt abused her more than 30 years ago.

Earlier this year, Hewitt was found guilty on two counts of rape and one of sexual assault after three women testified during his trial.

He was sentenced to an effective six years behind bars but is currently under house arrest as the appeal process continues.

Leigh-Ann Taylor is the latest person to come forward claiming Hewitt abused her as a child, while he was her tennis coach.

She said she didn't have the courage to come forward beforehand, but followed the trial and said it's now time for her to heal.

"I only really plucked up the courage, I'd say, from the Sunday night and I think the trial pretty much ended on the Wednesday. I wish I could have given more support, but it was a secret that I battled to get out after 33 years."

WATCH: Bob Hewitt's victims back on the courts

Taylor has started playing tennis again with Suellen Sheehan, who was raped by Hewitt more than 30 years ago.

The two have both found being on a court therapeutic.

"I think her and I are going to hit the veteran circuit in a few months' time, because there's a connection and common ground. We've won anyway."

Hewitt will be appealing his six-year sentence, but in the meantime he and his wife are staying at the citrus farm in the Eastern Cape.