Samantha Stosur Biography
A Christmas present was all it took to start eight-year-old Sam Stosur on her tennis journey. As a child Sam spent hours hitting at the local courts in Adelaide with older brother Daniel. He soon realized she had above-average ability and convinced their parents, Dianne and Tony, to give Sam tennis lessons. At the age of 13, Sam took off for her first overseas trip – to the World Youth Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia – which was her first taste of life as a tennis pro.
Sam’s first big break came at the 2006 Australian Open when she reached the fourth round – her best singles result at a Grand Slam tournament up until that point. While Sam was busily working her way up the singles rankings, she was nearing the top in doubles. She became world No.1 in February 2006 after claiming a series of titles with doubles partner Lisa Raymond. The Australian–American duo won the US Open in 2005, won the French Open in 2006, and were runners up at 2006 Australian Open. In 2007, this consistently successful pair won five titles and made it to the semis at the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon. Sam won her maiden Grand Slam mixed doubles crown at the Australian Open in 2005 with fellow Queenslander Scott Draper and her second at 2008 Wimbledon with Bob Bryan.
In 2009, after overcoming Lyme Disease, Sam truly came into her own in the singles arena. The year began with a third-round appearance at the Australian Open, was highlighted by a semifinals berth at the French Open and culminated with her maiden singles title in Osaka. She finished the year ranked No. 13 and had developed a reputation for one of the best serves on the circuit. Stosur had her best season in 2010, rising to world ranked No. 5 and followed that up with her first Grand Slam singles title at the 2011 US Open.
Stosur’s accredited career includes singles championships at Osaka (2009), Charleston (2010) and the US Open (2011) with doubles championships at the US Open (2005) and French Open (2006). Stosur is currently ranked World No. 7 and her career high in singles is World No. 4, achieved in February 2011. In 2011, Stosur was the first Australian woman to win a Grand Slam singles title in over 30 years, since Evonne Goolagong Cawley won Wimbledon in 1980.
Stosur, who splits her time in Australia and her home in Florida, looks to defend her singles title at the 2012 US Open in New York this year.