Friday, September 23, 2011

Samantha Stosur An Australian Professional Tennis Player and Former Player

Samantha Stosur won the 2011 US Open singles-
Samantha Stosur
Country  Australia
Residence Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia
Born 30 March 1984 (age 27)(1984-03-30)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro 1999
Plays Right (two-handed backhand)
Career prize money $9,062,278
Career record 351–244
Career titles 3 WTA, 4 ITF
Highest ranking No. 4 (21 February 2011)
Current ranking No. 7 (12 September 2011)
Grand Slam results
Australian Open 4R (2006, 2010)
French Open F (2010)
Wimbledon 3R (2009)
US Open W (2011)
Other tournaments
Championships SF (2010)
Career record 339–153
Career titles 23 WTA, 11 ITF
Highest ranking No. 1 (6 February 2006)
Current ranking No. 35 (12 September 2011)
Grand Slam Doubles results
Australian Open F (2006)
French Open W (2006)
Wimbledon F (2008, 2009, 2011)
US Open W (2005)
Other Doubles tournaments
WTA Championships W (2005, 2006)
Olympic Games 2R (2008)
Mixed Doubles
Career titles 2
Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results
Australian Open W (2005)
Wimbledon W (2008)

Stosur at the 2009 US Open

Samantha "Sam" Jane Stosur (English pronunciation: /ˈstoʊzər/ stoh-zər, born 30 March 1984) is an Australian professional tennis player. She won the 2011 US Open singles title and was a finalist at the 2010 French Open. 

Stosur is ranked World No. 7 and her career high in singles is World No. 4, achieved on 21 February 2011. She is a former world No. 1 on the WTA Tour in doubles with Lisa Raymond from the United States.

Samantha Stosur is the daughter of Tony and Diane and has two brothers, Dominic and Daniel. At the age of six her house in Gold Coast was destroyed by a flood, causing her family to move 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 up, Stosur played at local courts with older brother Daniel, who later encouraged their parents to take her to tennis lessons.

Stosur began her 2011 season by competing at the Brisbane International. She fell in straight sets to fellow Australian, Jarmila Groth in the second round. After this tournament, Stosur competed at the Medibank Sydney International as the fourth seed. She lost in the second round to Svetlana Kuznetsova.

Stosur was seeded fifth at the 2011 Australian Open, where she lost in the third round to 25th seed Petra Kvitová, 6–7, 3–6. 

Stosur's ranking rose to number 5, despite her early loss at the Australian Open. Stosur then rose to a new career high no. 4, following a quarterfinal showing at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

Stosur had a disappointing start to the first American leg of the year, falling in the third round of the Indian Wells to Dinara Safina, 6–7, 4–6.

In Miami, Stosur was seeded fourth, but was defeated in the fourth round by 16th seed and former no. 1 Maria Sharapova, 4–6, 1–6.

Williams arrived in the final after dismantling world number one Caroline Wozniacki in the semi-finals on Saturday night in a match that dragged toward midnight.

"I was more tired than I expected," Williams said. "But I want to give all credit to Sam today ... She played really, really well. That's what you have to do when you play a Grand Slam final."

Stosur, playing her second career Grand Slam final after a runner-up finish in the French Open last year, quickly claimed the opening set, breaking Williams to lead 2-1 and winning the last 12 points of the set as Williams' frustration grew.

Williams, whose powerful serve is a cornerstone of her game, struggled to get her first serves in and Stosur repeatedly made her pay.

"She was cracking 'em today," Williams said of the Australian, who was still rolling in the opening game of the second frame when she gave herself a double break point with a crushing return of serve.

Williams saved one with an ace, and appeared to save another for deuce.

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