Samantha Stosur

  • Age30
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1999
“Trying to serve out a set in a final, I don't know if maybe she was a little nervous but I tried to play a little bit more aggressive or put a bit more on my shots to make her come up with something else.”

— Samantha Stosur, 12 Oct 2014

» Stosur repeats in Osaka

On court

  • Started playing tennis aged eight when a friend gave her a racquet for Christmas.
  • Practiced with her brother, Daniel, who upon realising she had talent, convinced their parents, Dianne and Tony, to pay for coaching.
  • Went on her first tour aged 13, competing in the World Youth Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.
  • Joined the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) in 2001 at 14 years of age.
  • Joined the Australian Institute of Sport at 16.
  • Made her Fed Cup debut in 2003.
  • Member of the Australian Olympic team in 2004.
  • Reached the No.1 ranking in doubles in February 2006 having claimed a series of titles with Lisa Raymond.
  • Contracted Lyme disease in 2007 and, having spent 61-consecutive weeks ranked as the No.1 doubles player in the world, was forced to end her season prematurely.
  • Rejoined the WTA Tour in June 2008.
  • Member of the Australian Olympic team in 2008.
  • Claimed her maiden WTA title in Osaka in 2009.
  • Became the first player since 2000 to beat Justine Henin and Serena Williams in the same Grand Slam event (Roland Garros 2010), as well as ending Henins’s 27-match winning streak in Paris.
  • Won her first major title at US Open 2011, beating Serena Williams 6-2 6-3 in the final.
  • Member of the Australian Olympic team in 2012

Off court

  • Sporting hero is surfer Layne Beachley.
  • When she’s not playing tennis, Sam enjoys spending time at the beach and relaxing.
  • Her favourite sports team is the Gold Coast Titans.

Year-end singles ranking history

2013 18
2012 9
2011 6
2010 6
2009 13
2008 52
2007 46
2006 29
2005 46
2004 65
2003 153
2002 265
2001 276
2000 682




2014 Osaka

2013 Carlsbad, Osaka

2011 US Open

2010 Charleston

2009 Osaka

2001 Ibaraki ITF, Osaka ITF, Kyoto ITF, Cairns ITF


2013 Moscow, WTA Tournament of Champions

2012 Doha, Moscow

2011 Rome, Toronto, Osaka

2010 Stuttgart, Roland Garros

2009 Los Angeles

2008 Seoul

2006 Prague

2005 Gold Coast, Sydney

2002 Rockhampton ITF

2001 Australia ITF, Kugayama ITF

Samantha Stosur in the news

Stosur qualifies for WTA Tournament of Champions
Sam Stosur plays a backhand during her first round win over Francesca Schiavone at the China Open in Beijing; Getty Images
19 October, 2014

Sam Stosur has snared the eighth and final place in the field at the WTA Tournament of Champions to be staged in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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Aussie stars set for Sydney
(L-R) Sam Stosur, Bernard Tomic and Nick Kyrgios will contest the Apia International Sydney in 2015; Getty Images
16 October, 2014

UPDATE: Australian favourites Nick Kyrgios, Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur will light up the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre in January at Apia International Sydney 2015.
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Rodionova qualifies for Singapore
Anastasia Rodionova (R) and Russian partner Alla Kudryavtseva celebrate winning the Brisbane International title in 2014; Getty Images
13 October, 2014

Australian Anastasia Rodionova and Russian partner Alla Kudryavtseva have snared the eighth and final doubles place at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.
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Stosur repeats in Osaka
Sam Stosur holds the winner's trophy after winning her third Japan Women's Open title in Osaka; photo credit/Hiromasa Mano
12 October, 2014

Sam Stosur has defended her title in Osaka to win her third Japan Women's Open with a straight-sets final victory over Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas.
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