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Samantha Stosur : biography

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Samantha "Sam" Jane Stosur ( born 30 March 1984) is an Australian professional tennis player, well known for her powerful serve, which is among the best in women's tennis. As of the 10th June, Stosur is currently ranked World No. 14 by the WTA. She is a former World No. 1 in doubles, a ranking which she held for 61 weeks. Stosur is also a former World No. 4 in singles.

Stosur won the 2011 U.S. Open, defeating Serena Williams in the final and becoming the first Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong Cawley in 1980 to win a Grand Slam singles tournament and just the second Australian woman in history to win the US Open after Margaret Court. Stosur has won four other Grand Slam titles to date; two in women's doubles; and two in mixed doubles. She was also a finalist at the singles event at the 2010 French Open, where she lost to Francesca Schiavone.

Early life

Stosur was born in Brisbane, Queensland, the daughter of Tony and Diane, and has two brothers, Dominic and Daniel. She is of Polish descent through her grandfather. When she was six, the family house and business on the Gold Coast was destroyed by a flood, and the family moved to Adelaide. There she started playing tennis, when she was given a racquet for Christmas at the age of eight. While her parents worked long hours at the cafe they had started, Stosur played at local courts with older brother Daniel, who later encouraged their parents to take her to tennis lessons. Stosur attended Helensvale State High School on the Northern Gold Coast and Gaven State School. She went away on her first overseas trip at the age of 13, competing in the World Youth Cup in Jakarta, Indonesia.

At the age of 14, Stosur joined the Queensland Academy of Sport (QAS) under Geoff Masters. In 2001, when she was 16, she joined the Australian Institute of Sport tennis program.

Doubles performance timeline

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 W-L
Grand Slam Tournaments
Australian Open 1R 1R 2R 2R F SF 3R 1R 2R 14–9
French Open 3R 3R W SF 3R 3R 3R 1R 3R 22–8
Wimbledon 2R 2R SF 3R SF F F 3R F 2R 30–10
US Open 2R 3R W SF 3R F SF 1R 24–7
Win–Loss 0–1 2–3 6–4 13–3 17–3 14–4 12–3 13–4 4–3 5–2 1–2 3–2 90–34

Tennis career

Early career

Stosur first played professional tennis in 1999 on the ITF circuit. She debuted on the Women's Tennis Association tour in 2000, losing in the first qualifying round of the Australian Open. In 2001 she won four straight ITF titles. In 2002 she lost in the first round at the Gold Coast event.

In 2003, Stosur won her first WTA singles matches, reaching the third round of the Australian Open. She lost in the third round to no. 7 seed, Daniela Hantuchová. She also qualified for a WTA event in Memphis.

In 2004, Stosur reached the semifinals of the Gold Coast event, before falling to Ai Sugiyama. The next week, she reached the second round of the WTA tournament in Hobart, then the second round of the Australian Open. She later qualified for WTA events in Acapulco, Indian Wells, Vienna and Birmingham. Stosur competed at the Athens Olympics, where she lost in the first round. She continued to play WTA qualifying events, qualifying for the Japan Open and Bali in the autumn of 2004. At the end of the 2004 season, Stosur reached the doubles final in Québec City, partnered with Els Callens from Belgium.

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