Samantha Stosur

  • Age30
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1999
“in the third set, we're both playing pretty decent at the same time and it becomes a real fight and to get to two match points and not win, it's not easy to walk off court losing.”

— Samantha Stosur, 29 Aug 2014

» Kanepi beats Stosur in US Open thriller

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




2013 Carlsbad, Osaka

US Open



Ibaraki ITF, Osaka ITF, Kyoto ITF, Cairns ITF


2013 Moscow, WTA Tournament of Champions

Doha, Moscow

Rome, Toronto, Osaka

Stuttgart, Roland Garros

Los Angeles



Gold Coast, Sydney

Rockhampton ITF

Australia ITF, Kugayama ITF

Samantha Stosur in the news

Dellacqua poised to become Aussie No.1
Casey Dellacqua in action during her US Open fourth-round loss to 11th seed Flavia Pennetta on Arthur Ashe Stadium; Getty Images
2 September, 2014

Casey Dellacqua will cherish being a mother again before returning to the tennis court to hunt down Sam Stosur's Australian No.1 ranking.
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Gallery: Aussies light up New York
Marinko Matosevic (R) poses with basketball legend Michael Jordan following his first round loss to Roger Federer at the US Open; Getty Images
1 September, 2014

In a stunning first week at the US Open, seven Aussies progressed to the second round, several strutted their stuff on Arthur Ashe Stadium and Casey Dellacqua has gone right…
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Dellacqua’s “crazy” ride to the last 16
Casey Dellacqua in action during her third round victory over Karolina Pliskova at the US Open; Getty Images
31 August, 2014

Casey Dellacqua admits her stunning transformation from doubles contender to Grand Slam singles force is "crazy", but says she's not done yet at the US Open in New…
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Kanepi beats Stosur in US Open thriller
Sam Stosur in action during her second round loss to Kaia Kanepi at the US Open; Getty Images
29 August, 2014

UPDATE: Sam Stosur has fallen in heart-breaking circumstances at the US Open, going down in a third-set tiebreak to dangerous Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the second round.
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