Samantha Stosur

  • Age33
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • Pro Since1999
“It’s certainly taking me a fair bit of time to get back out on court. I was hoping to be pretty much in full training and everything by now, but I’ve had to take another week off.”

— Samantha Stosur, 25 Jul 2017

» Stosur in prolonged injury battle

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




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 in prolonged injury battle
Sam Stosur was bothered by a hand injury during her fourth-round loss to Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros; Getty Images
25 July, 2017

Sam Stosur has had to delay her comeback on North American hard courts as she continues to battle a stress fracture in her playing hand.
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Dasha moments to remember
Daria Gavrilova has already celebrated many career milestones; Getty Images
22 June, 2017

A quarterfinal run at Birmingham sees Daria Gavrilova on the cusp of a top-20 breakthrough – providing us with good reason to look back on some Dasha moments to remember.
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Injured Stosur facing two months out
Sam Stosur; Getty Images
16 June, 2017

Sam Stosur withdraws from Wimbledon with stress fracture in her right hand.
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Stosur’s Wimbledon participation in doubt
Sam Stosur struggled in a first-round loss to Anastasija Sevastova in Stuttgart; Getty Images
16 June, 2017

The hand injury Sam Stosur sustained at Roland Garros has been revealed to be a stress fracture and looks set to rule her out of the grasscourt season.
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