Samantha Stosur

  • Age34
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJosh Eagle
  • Pro Since1999
“It's probably some of the best tennis I've played on grass in recent years. I've just made a really conscious effort to try and stay up closer to the baseline and not do some of the things that I feel most comfortable on clay (laughter).”

— Samantha Stosur, 30 Jun 2018

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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
  • Made her Fed Cup debut in 2003; Australian Olympic team debut in 2004
  • Reached the No.1 ranking in doubles in February 2006 having claimed a series of titles – including US Open 2005 – 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. Missed eight months.
  • Claimed her maiden WTA title in Osaka in 2009
  • Became the first player in a decade to beat Justine Henin and Serena Williams at the same Grand Slam event – ending Henins’s 27-match winning streak in Paris – en route to her first Grand Slam final at Roland Garros in 2010.
  • Won her first major title at US Open 2011, beating Serena Williams 6-2 6-3 in the final
  • In 2013, won the Carlsbad and Osaka trophies, making it the first time she had ever won multiple WTA titles in a single season
  • 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
  • In 2016 advanced to the Roland Garros semifinals for the fourth time
  • Since October 2008, was Australia’s No.1-ranked female for an incredible 452 straight weeks before Daria Gavrilova took over in June 2017.

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

2017 41
2016 21
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




2017 Strasbourg

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

Stosur, Millman out of US tune-ups
Sam Stosur in action at the WTA Connecticut Open in New Haven (Jared Wickerham/Connecticut Open)
3 hours ago

Sam Stosur fell in the first round of the Connecticut Open in New Haven while John Millman went down at the same stage of the Winston Salem Open in North Carolina.
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Gavrilova begins with a win in New Haven
Daria Gavrilova celebrates her opening-round victory over Irina-Camelia Begu in New Haven (photo credit: Jared Wickerham / Connecticut Open)
20 August, 2018

Daria Gavrilova dropped just three games in the perfect start to her New Haven title defence, while Sam Stosur joined her in the main draw as a lucky loser.
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Gavrilova returns to defend New Haven title
Daria Gavrilova celebrates her first WTA title at the Connecticut Open in New Haven; Getty Images
19 August, 2018

Daria Gavrilova is the No.9 seed at this week's WTA tournament in New Haven, while Alex De Minaur and John Millman are in action at Winston Salem.
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Gavrilova draws Serena in Cincinnati first round
Daria Gavrilova; Getty Images
12 August, 2018

Daria Gavrilova has drawn the great Serena Williams in her opening match in Cincinnati while Ash Barty and Nick Kyrgios are both seeded at the combined ATP/WTA event.
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