PLAYER PROFILE

Samantha Stosur

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AUSTRALIAN
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WTA
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  • Age30
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1999
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“I think I put myself in a position in that second set and wasn’t able to, I guess, finish it off, which for sure is disappointing.”

— Samantha Stosur, 19 Apr 2014

» Petkovic puts Germany in the driver’s seat

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

 

Titles/Finals

Titles

2013 Carlsbad, Osaka

2011
US Open

2010
Charleston

2009
Osaka

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

Finals

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

Fed Cup gallery: Day 1 Australia v Germany
Andrea Petkovic, Germany. Photo by MATT ROBERTS/GETTY IMAGES
16 hours ago

Andrea Petkovic and Angelique Kerber gave Germany the dream start against Australia.
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Australia on back foot as Germany up 2-0
Angelique Kerber, Germany.  Photo by MATT ROBERTS/GETTY IMAGES
17 hours ago

UPDATE: Australian captain Alicia Molik has no qualms admitting the obvious – it is all uphill if her team is to reach this years Fed Cup final after Angelique Kerber's…
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Petkovic puts Germany in the driver’s seat
Andrea Petkovic, Germany. Photo by MATT ROBERTS/GETTY IMAGES
19 hours ago

UPDATE: German Andrea Petkovic has upset Australia's Sam Stosur 6-1 7-6(7) in the first rubber of the World Group semifinal in Brisbane on Saturday.
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Fed Cup Q&A: Sam Stosur
Sam Stosur, centre, at the official draw at Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary ahead of the Fed Cup semifinal tie in Brisbane. Photo by MATT ROBERTS/GETTY IMAGES
19 April, 2014

Australia's No.1 Sam Stosur spearheads her nation's attempt to reach its first Fed Cup final in 21 years this weekend. She took time out to speak with tennis.com.au.
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