Samantha Stosur

  • Age31
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachDavid Taylor
  • Pro Since1999
“I thought I played decent but in the end probably just a little bit too loose.”

— Samantha Stosur, 6 Oct 2015

» Beijing: Millman through, Stosur out

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
  • In 2013, won the Carlsbad and Osaka trophies, making it the first time she had ever won multiple WTA titles in a single season
  • 2013 marked her fifth-straight top 20 season (ended the year at No.18)
  • Defended a WTA title for the first time in her career in 2014, when she captured the Osaka crown, marking her third victory at the Japanese event

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

2014 23
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




2015 Strasbourg, Bad Gastein

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

Beijing: Millman through, Stosur out
John Millman in action during his second-round loss to No.2 seed Marin Cilic at the ATP Shenzhen Open; Getty Images
6 October, 2015

John Millman scored one of his biggest career wins to stun former world No.5 Tommy Robredo at the China Open, while Sam Stosur fell to 13th seed Andrea Petkovic.
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Stosur masters Niculescu, advances in China
Sam Stosur; Getty Images
5 October, 2015

Sam Stosur took her career record against Monica Niculescu to a perfect 7-0 thanks to a straight-sets win over the Romanian in Beijing. Andrea Petkovic is next.
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Aussies in action in Asian capitals
Sam Stosur in action during her semifinal loss to No.3 seed Petra Kvitova at the China Open in Beijing; Getty Images
3 October, 2015

On either side of the Korean Peninsula, a host of Aussies will take to courts this week in Beijing, China and Tokyo, Japan.
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Aussie US Open wrap
As Lleyton Hewitt (L) bid farewell to the US Open, Sam Stosur (centre) and Bernard Tomic (R) were the best performed Aussies, reaching the fourth and third rounds respectively; Getty Images
15 September, 2015

Stosur's return to form, Hewitt's last Open, the doubles runs of Peers and Dellacqua and the birth of a junior talent were just some of the exciting Aussie storylines…
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