Samantha Stosur

  • Age35
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJosh Eagle
  • Pro Since1999
“I know once I do stop, you're not going to be able to get that same excitement, or adrenaline or anything like that watching tennis. It's going to be very hard to replicate all those emotions and feelings.”

— Samantha Stosur, 8 Jan 2020

» Resurgent Stosur thriving as 2020 journey begins

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

2018 72
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 WTA

2015 Strasbourg WTA, Bad Gastein WTA

2014 Osaka WTA

2013 Carlsbad WTA, Osaka WTA

2011 US Open

2010 Charleston WTA

2009 Osaka WTA

2001 Ibaraki ITF, Osaka ITF, Kyoto ITF, Cairns ITF


2019 Guangzhou WTA

2016 Prague WTA

2013 Moscow WTA, WTA Tournament of Champions

2012 Doha WTA, Moscow WTA

2011 Rome WTA, Toronto WTA, Osaka WTA

2010 Stuttgart WTA, Roland Garros

2009 Los Angeles WTA

2008 Seoul WTA

2006 Prague WTA

2005 Gold Coast WTA, Sydney WTA

2002 Rockhampton ITF

2001 Australia ITF, Kugayama ITF

Samantha Stosur in the news

Ash Barty: Fun and team spirit are No.1
Ash Barty at Australian Open 2020; Getty Images
23 January, 2020

As Ash Barty continues her Australian Open 2020 campaign, the world No.1 is building on a culture of fun, respect and mutual support among women in the sport.
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Tough start for Aussies on Australian Open Day 1
Sam Stosur (L) congratulates Caty McNally after the American won their first-round match at Australian Open 2020. (Getty Images)
20 January, 2020

Former world No.4 Sam Stosur and wildcards Lizette Cabrera, Andrew Harris and John-Patrick Smith bow out in the first round of Australian Open 2020.
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Sam Stosur: Enduring Influence  
Sam Stosur is preparing to contest an 18th Australian Open; Getty Images
19 January, 2020

Delighted to kick off her 18th Australian Open singles main draw campaign on Monday, Sam Stosur is also buoyed by the success-breeds-success mentality among Australian women on…
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Cabrera scores second Hobart upset
Lizette Cabrera celebrates her Hobart International second-round victory over Kristyna Pliskova. (Getty Images)
15 January, 2020

Lizette Cabrera advances to her first WTA quarterfinal since 2017 with a three-set victory over Kristyna Pliskova.
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