Full Name: Samantha Jane Stosur
Date of Birth: March 30th, 1984
Place of Birth: Brisbane, Queensland
Height: 5ft 8in
Turned Professional: 1999
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Samantha Stosur won the 2011 US Open and is currently ranked inside the top ten in the world. She is a former world number 1 doubles player and has four Grand Slam doubles titles, two in women’s and two in mixed. She was also a singles finalist at the 2010 French Open.
In 2001, Stosur won four consecutive ITF titles and won her first WTA singles matches in 2003, reaching the third round of the Australian Open. She reached her first WTA four final in 2005 at her home event in Gold Coast, losing to Patty Schnyder. She was also runner-up in Sydney, losing to her compatriot Alicia Molik. She won the mixed doubles title at the Australian Open with Scott Draper.
In July 2005, Stosur joined forces with American Lisa Raymond. The pair won seven WTA doubles titles including the U.S. Open, the Kremlin Cup, and the WTA Tour Championships.
In 2006, Stosur lost to Martina Hingis in the fourth round of the Australian Open and lost the doubles final. Defeat for Stosur and Raymond in Melbourne triggered an 18-match winning streak, winning titles in Tokyo, Memphis, Indian Wells and Miami. They went on to win in Charleston, the French Open, and the WTA Tour Championships. Stosur ended the year ranked 29 in singles and number 1 in doubles.
Stosur’s singles game continued to improve, reaching three quarter-finals, at Gold Coast, Tokyo, and Memphis. Illness curtailed her 2007 season but she started to work her way back in 2008, reaching the finals of both the ladies and mixed doubles at Wimbledon. She and mixed doubles partner Bob Bryan won the title. Raymond and Stosur were beaten finalists at both Wimbledon and the US Open.
At the 2009 French Open, Stosur beat -Francesca Schiavone, Yanina Wickmayer, Elena and Virginie Razzano of France to reach the quarterfinals. A straight sets victory over Sorana Cîrstea, 6–1, 6–3, gave her a first ever Grand Slam semi-final against Svetlana Kuznetsova. She put up a brave fight, eventually losing 4–6, 7–6, 3–6. This fine run moved Stosur into the world’s top 20 on the WTA Rankings for the first time in her career.
Stosur made her fifth WTA Tour final at the LA Women's Tennis Championships, losing to Flavia Pennetta. She was ranked no. 15 going into the US Open but was beaten in round two. Stosur won her first tour title in Osaka by beating Francesca Schiavone in the final, 7–5, 6–1. Her rapid progress through 2009 encouraged Stosur to cut back on her doubles commitments, playing only in major tournaments.
The move paid handsome dividends with Stosur equalling her career-best of the fourth round in Australia, losing to defending champion Serena Williams, 4–6, 2–6. A semi-final appearance at the BNP Paribas Open moved her into the top ten for the first time. Stosur then won the Family Circle Cup, defeating Vera Zvonareva, 6–0, 6–3 to claim her second WTA title. She also made the final of the 2010 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart, losing to Justine Henin in three sets 4–6, 6–2, 1–6.
At The French Open, Stosur became the first Australian woman to reach a Grand Slam singles final since Wendy Turnbull in 1980 Australian Open. She beat Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Jelena Janković only to lose the final to Italian Francesca Schiavone, 4–6, 6–7. A semi-finals appearance in the AEGON International in Eastbourne brought her a world ranking of six but she suffered an early exit at Wimbledon. A shoulder injury caused her problems in the second half of the season but she still managed to reach the quarter-finals of the US Open before losing to Clijsters. The same opponent beat her in the semi-finals of the 2010 WTA Tour Championships.
Stosur lost in the third round of the Australian Open 2011 to Petra Kvitová but reached a new career best ranking of four after reaching the quarter-final of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.
She reached the final of the Mutua Madrileña Madrid Open, losing to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets. She was again a beaten-finalist in Rome, this time against Maria Sharapova. Stosur suffered another final defeat in the Rogers Cup in Toronto and went into the US open seeded at nine.
Stosur beat Sofia Arvidsson, Coco Vandeweghe, Nadia Petrova and Maria Kirilenko to reach the quarter-finals. She lost a 32-point second set tiebreak to Kirilenko, the longest in any Grand Slam in the history of women's tennis. Victory over Vera Zvonareva was followed by a semi-final win over Angelique Kerber to reach her first US Open singles final. She pulled off an amazing victory over three-time champion Serena Williams, 6–2, 6–3, for her first Grand Slam tournament singles title. This was the first Grand Slam victory for an Australian woman since Evonne Goolagong-Cawley at Wimbledon in 1980. Stosur went on to finish runner-up at the 2011 HP Open and again reached the semi-finals of the WTA Tour Championships, losing to Petra Kvitova 5–7, 6–3, 6–3. She finished the year ranked 6 for the second successive season.
She made a slow start to 2012, suffering a first round loss at the Australian Open. She gradually found her form and advanced confidently to the fourth round in Paris without losing a set. She defeated Dominika Cibulkova 6–4, 6–1 to reach her third French Open semi-final, losing to Sara Errani 5–7, 6–1, 3–6. Stosur put up a spirited defence of her US Open title, beating Petra Martić, Edina Gallovits-Hall and Varvara Lepchenko. She then defeated Britain’s Laura Robson to reach the quarter-finals, losing a closely fought match to World Number 1 Victoria Azarenka. She eventually lost 7-5 in a third set tiebreak. In the 2013 Australian Open, Stosur lost in the second round to Jie Zheng having been 5–2 up in the third set.