Samantha Stosur started playing tennis at the age of 8 old when she got a racket during Christmas eve. Sam was born on 30th March 1984 at Gold Coast, Australia. Stosur began playing tennis with her brother Daniel who later convinced their parents to bring her to the tennis court.
At the age of 13, Samantha flew to Jakarta, Indonesia to compete in the World Youth Cup. One year later she joined the Queensland Academy of Sports and also got the opportunity to train under Geoff Masters who won the three doubles Grand Slam titles in 1970. In 2001, Sam linked with the Australian Institute of Sport tennis program which is the high-performance sports training institute in Australia.
Samantha’s WTA career
As a wildcard entry, Sam won her first WTA match and reached the third round at the 2003 Australian Open. Eventually, the debutant was eliminated by 7th seeded Daniela Hantuchova of Slovakia in the straight sets.
After six years of International Career, Stosur claimed her first singles WTA title at Osaka Open 2009 where she upset World No.05 Caroline Wozniacki in the semifinals. To date, the Australian won 9 singles titles, 26 Doubles and 3 Mixed Doubles titles as well.
Stosur’s Grand Slam Flashback
Her first Grand Slam appearance was Australian Open 2002 using a wild card however Sam fell in the first round. Between 2003 to 2008, the Australian won two Grand Slam titles, three times reached the finals and five times played semi-finals in Doubles event nevertheless she failed on the individual event.
Ultimately, Samantha Stosur reached singles final at Roland Garros 2010 and consequently, she won her first singles Grand Slam Crown at US Open 2011. In the championship match, Sam defeated 28th seeded Serena Williams in the straight sets.
Sam’s Australian Open thirst
Although Stosur’s Aussie Open where she was born, singles performance is not pretty good, qualified until the 4th round in 2006 and 2010. Almost Sam has been attending the home Grand Slam tournament since 2002 however she has been unable to produce the best result so far. Notably, Samantha won the Doubles title with Zhang Shuai of China in 2019.
Stosur said “she hoped to return to Melbourne Park in 2021. I want to keep playing, no doubt. I guess my ranking is going to see where that allows me to keep playing. If I can win matches and do the things that I think I’m still capable of, then hopefully I’m still in the main draw of grand slams and having another shot.”