Sam Stosur introduced in December this is able to be her last Australian Open however it got here after robust occasions in recent times
Sam Stosur has revealed forward of her last Australian Open how tough the previous few years had been as her grand slam title-winning singles profession winded down.
The 2011 US Open champion completed inside the highest 100 girls’s gamers for 16-straight years between 2004 and 2019, together with reaching a career-high rating of No.4.
All of that’s the reason Stosur has struggled, like many nice athletes earlier than her, to regulate to her sporting twilight.
“Last year was pretty hard – feeling like I’m still training, still got that desire, still got everything that you had five years ago, but you’re not getting the reward for it,” she mentioned.
“But then on the flip side, you can do well in doubles, win a slam (US Open) and go home feeling pretty happy about your trip. It’s tough.
“I think lots of careers kind of go that way. Again, I still feel like I can go out there and play well.
“I played with Iga (Swiatek) yesterday and felt great. I’m thinking, ‘Geez, I’m still able to come out here and play practice sets and matches with someone in the top 10.”
Stosur might play her final singles match on Tuesday towards American wildcard Robin Anderson, with world No.1 Ash Barty saying she can be “glued” to that match.
“She’s an Australian champion and has set the tone for us Aussies as tennis players for years and years,” Barty mentioned.
“For her to have an opportunity to go out on her terms is incredibly exciting.”