Samantha Stosur

  • Age32
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachDavid Taylor
  • Pro Since1999
“It's really amazing to think I'm going to be at my fourth Olympics. That's quite a long stretch of years; it's always an honour and a privilege to be a part of that team.”

— Samantha Stosur, 1 Jul 2016

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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

2015 27
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


2016 Prague

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

Aussie Olympic tennis team set
Sam Stosur in action during the reverse singles of the Australia v Germany Fed Cup tie in Stuttgart; Getty Images
1 July, 2016

Sam Stosur, Daria Gavrilova, John Millman and Thanasi Kokkinakis have nabbed singles berths for Australia at the upcoming Rio Olympics.
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Lisicki overwhelms Stosur in second round
Sam Stosur looks dejected in a second-round loss to Sabine Lisicki at Wimbledon; Getty Images
30 June, 2016

Lisicki's power off the ground and serving prowess proved too much for Sam Stosur to handle, while Daria Gavrilova was shown the door by the in-form Dominika Cibulkova.
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Aussies in action: Wimbledon Day 4
Matt Barton in action during the Wimbledon qualifying event at Roehampton; Getty Images
30 June, 2016

Matt Barton will again attempt to finish off his first-round Wimbledon marathon while a host of Aussies contest their second-round matches at the All England Club.
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Tomic scrapes through to second round
Bernard Tomic waves to the crowd after seeing off Fernando Verdasco in five sets in the first round at Wimbledon; Getty Images
30 June, 2016

Bernard Tomic won a one-set shootout against Fernando Verdasco in a rain-delayed match on Wednesday to advance to the second round at Wimbledon.
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