- Born30 March 1984
- Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
- LivesGold Coast, Queensland
- Height172 cm
- 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
- 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
- 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 Carlsbad, Osaka
2011 US Open
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
2005 Gold Coast, Sydney
2002 Rockhampton ITF
2001 Australia ITF, Kugayama ITF
Samantha Stosur in the news
Top-ranked Australians Sam Stosur and Lleyton Hewitt, alongside resurgent Casey Dellacqua and rising star Nick Kyrgios, are this year’s Newcombe Medal finalists.
Sam Stosur has snared the eighth and final place in the field at the WTA Tournament of Champions to be staged in Sofia, Bulgaria.
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.
Australian Anastasia Rodionova and Russian partner Alla Kudryavtseva have snared the eighth and final doubles place at the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore.