Samantha Stosur

  • Age40
  • Born30 March 1984
  • Birth PlaceBrisbane, Queensland
  • LivesGold Coast, Queensland
  • Height172 cm
  • PlaysRight-handed
  • CoachJosh Eagle
  • Pro Since1999
“Without a question I was going to stay in the sport; I just hadn't fully worked out exactly how. And then this started being a possibility. So I'm glad that it's ended up being this role.”

— Samantha Stosur, 11 Dec 2023

» Sam Stosur appointed Australia’s Billie Jean King Cup team captain

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.
  • At Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, became the first Australian tennis player to represent the nation at five Olympic Games.
  • Won US Open 2021 women’s doubles title with China’s Zhang Shuai, 16 years after winning the title alongside American Lisa Raymond.

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

2022 539
2021 378
2020 112
2019 96
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

Australia’s draw revealed for 2024 Billie Jean King Cup Finals
The Australian Billie Jean King Cup team celebrates after qualifying for the 2024 finals. Picture: Tennis Australia
30 April, 2024

Australia is among 12 nations set to compete at the 2024 Billie Jean King Cup Finals in Spain during November.
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Preston books Australia’s Billie Jean King Cup Finals berth at Brisbane
Taylah Preston defeats Marcela Zacarias of Mexico in the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifier at Pat Rafter Arena on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
13 April, 2024

Teenager Taylah Preston has handed the hosts a 3-0 lead over Mexico after dismissing Marcela Zacarias on debut at Pat Rafter Arena.
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Team Australia rallies behind injured compatriot Hunter
Daria Saville of Australia celebrates with Storm Hunter after beating Marcela Zacarias of Mexico during the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifier tie at Pat Rafter Arena on Friday. Photo: Getty Images
12 April, 2024

Daria Saville, Arina Rodionova and Sam Stosur hail teammate Storm Hunter's support ahead of Day Two of their Billie Jean King Cup Qualifier against Mexico.
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Saville, Rodionova lift Australia to 2-0 lead over Mexico at Brisbane
Australia's Daria Saville races past Marcela Zacarias of Mexico during the Billie Jean King Cup Qualifier tie at Pat Rafter Arena. Photo: Getty Images
12 April, 2024

Daria Saville needed under an hour to post victory while Arina Rodionova did it the hard way at Pat Rafter Arena for her first win in the competition.
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