Samantha Stosur

  • Age30
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1999
“I don’t feel like I had a great year personally but I think there’s obviously two other players that certainly had a better year and should win it ahead of me so that’s fine, they deserve it.”

— Samantha Stosur, 21 Nov 2014

» Newcombe Medal: Stosur gunning for fourth award

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

Tennis community supports Alcott’s history-making effort
Dylan Alcott during his 24-hour tennis challenge.
12 December, 2014

Champion wheelchair athlete Dylan Alcott OAM rolled into the history books today, completing a 24-hour tennis challenge at Melbourne Park and raising more than $70,000 for charity.
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Stepping back in time with Sam Stosur
Sam Stosur in action in 2001; Robert Cianflone/ALLSPORT
4 December, 2014

We've unearthed Sam Stosur's junior player profile form from the year 2001, a revealing insight into her career aspirations and just how far she's come since age 17.
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Del Potro joins all-star field in Sydney
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 11:  Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina poses with the trophy after winning the mens singles final against Bernard Tomic of Australia during day seven of the Sydney International at Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre on January 11, 2014 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)
4 December, 2014

Defending champion Juan Martin del Potro and six of the top 10 women will headline star-studded fields at the Apia International Sydney 2015.
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Rea sings Stosur’s praises
Sam Stosur (L) and Simon Rea at a training session at Melbourne Park; Rachel Goldsworthy
1 December, 2014

Simon Rea has given a glowing assessment of Sam Stosur as the pair continue to work together in preparation for the 2015 season.
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