Samantha Stosur

  • Age34
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJosh Eagle
  • Pro Since1999
“Every defeat is hurting at the moment. It's just annoying because when you lose first round you're getting (only) one match a week. It's really hard to build momentum.”

— Samantha Stosur, 1 Oct 2018

» China Open: Stosur pushes Pliskova, but falls in first round

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

Hong Kong: Stosur a doubles champion again
Sam Stosur (L) and Zhang Shuai pose with their trophies after winning the WTA doubles title in Hong Kong (credit: Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open)
20 hours ago

Sam Stosur combined with Shuai Zhang to win the WTA Hong Kong Open doubles final on Sunday - her first tandem title in five years.
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Gavrilova survives thriller to reach Hong Kong quarters
Australia's Daria Gavrilova hits a return during her women's singles match against Romania's Monica Niculescu at the Hong Kong Open tennis tournament on October 11, 2018. (Photo by Anthony WALLACE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ANTHONY WALLACE/AFP/Getty Images)
12 October, 2018

Daria Gavrilova lets a commanding lead slip before eventually seeing off Monica Niculescu at the Hong Kong Open, while Sam Stosur is through to the doubles semifinals alongside…
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Gavrilova fights back to beat Diyas in Hong Kong
BEIJING, CHINA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Daria Gavrilova of Australia hits a return against Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles 1st Round match of the 2018 China Open at the China National Tennis Centre  on September 29, 2018 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images)
10 October, 2018

Daria Gavrilova reaches round two at the Hong Kong Open but there are defeats for Sam Stosur and Priscilla Hon.
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De Minuar leads Aussie charge in Shanghai
Alex De Minaur; Getty Images
6 October, 2018

In what will be his first week as Australian No.1, Alex De Minaur will be joined by Matt Ebden and Nick Kyrgios at the ATP Shanghai Masters. Daria Gavrilova, meanwhile, is seeded…
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