Tears flow as retiring Aussie tennis great Sam Stosur bids emotional farewell

‘I dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. To do what I have done, dreaming as a little kid, is phenomenal.’

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20/01/2022 12:41:00 PM

Sam Stosur has bowed out of singles as a great of Australian tennis after her loss in the second round of her home slam in the australianopen. AusOpen 7NEWS

‘I dreamed of winning a Grand Slam. To do what I have done, dreaming as a little kid, is phenomenal.’

.Still alive in doubles, Stosur had extended her singles retirement with a rousing first-round comeback win over American wildcard Robin Anderson on Tuesday.But the 37-year-old was unable to repeat the heroics against last year’s French Open runner-up, Stosur’s 1063rd match over a career spanning more than two decades lasting just 68 minutes.

The top-ranked Australian singles player - male or female - for a record 441 consecutive weeks between 2008 and 2017, Stosur was a fixture in the world’s top 25 for nine consecutive years.Alas, she was rarely able to produce her finest tennis under the intense glare and pressure, runs to the fourth round in 2006 and 2010 Stosur’s best efforts in Melbourne.

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AustralianOpen 😂😂😂😂 is anybody actually surprised she had no chance when she could actually still play that was 20 years ago and even then she sucked

‘I couldn’t have asked for more’: Sam Stosur finally bows out as Australian tennis greatSam Stosur’s singles career came to an end with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round of the Australian Open a great ambassador Great effort. Ranked 1 for a while, US Open winner. Super career. ✌🏼

Australian Open 2022 LIVE updates: Sam Stosur eliminated; Aussie wildcard Chris O’Connell upsets Schwartzman; Muguruza, Kontaveit make stunning second-round exitsSam Stosur's singles career has come to an end, after a second-round defeat to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Australian Open . Follow our live updates: At least she was jabbed See ya. Should have retired long ago

‘Special moment’: Stosur farewells singles play after Open loss“I’m proud of what I’ve been able to do, and I’ve always felt support from the public,” the former US Open champion said.

‘I couldn’t have asked for more’: Sam Stosur finally bows out as Australian tennis greatSam Stosur’s singles career came to an end with a 6-2, 6-2 defeat to Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round of the Australian Open a great ambassador Great effort. Ranked 1 for a while, US Open winner. Super career. ✌🏼

Tennis boss booed in first appearance post Djoker deportation Australian Open boss Craig Tiley has made his first public appearance since Novak Djokovic was deported - the crowd were not very receptive.Taking to the Kia Arena to present Aussie star Sam Stosur with flowers and a gift after the 37-year-old’s singles campaign and career came to an end, Tiley was booed by some of the crowd.Paying tribute to the Australian and presenting her with flowers and a Louis Vuitton branded gift on court, Tiley said: “Thanks for everything. Thanks for being Sam Stosur, and thank you for the difference that you have made to our great game.” Shit form using Sammy Stosur as a shield so as to not absolute cop it from the fans. Loads of ppl who would have been better placed to do presentation to Sam. Yep the Australian public won't miss him, they know exactly who is responsible for the Novak mess!!! Resign Craig Tilley resign!!! 😂😂😂 Stay classy Melbourne

‘Special moment’: Stosur farewells singles play after Open loss“I’m proud of what I’ve been able to do, and I’ve always felt support from the public,” the former US Open champion said.

Cookie Guide . Still alive in doubles, Stosur had extended her singles retirement with a rousing first-round comeback win over American wildcard Robin Anderson on Tuesday. But the 37-year-old was unable to repeat the heroics against last year’s French Open runner-up, Stosur’s 1063rd match over a career spanning more than two decades lasting just 68 minutes. The top-ranked Australian singles player - male or female - for a record 441 consecutive weeks between 2008 and 2017, Stosur was a fixture in the world’s top 25 for nine consecutive years. Alas, she was rarely able to produce her finest tennis under the intense glare and pressure, runs to the fourth round in 2006 and 2010 Stosur’s best efforts in Melbourne. Australian Sam Stosur has retired from singles tennis. Credit: AAP Fittingly but somewhat ironically, the last two wins of Stosur’s grand career came in front of her home fans at Melbourne Park - a year apart against fellow Australian Destanee Aiava at the 2021 Open and Anderson this week. Often maligned for her Open flops, Stosur boasts an exceptional record on the Paris clay and Flushing Meadows hard courts. Conquering Serena Williams, arguably the greatest player of all time in the 2011 US Open final in New York on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, remains Stosur’s crowning achievement. Her love affair with the red dirt of Roland Garros, though, equally defined her largely under-appreciated career. Samantha Stosur in action at Wimbledon. Credit: EPA As well as reaching the 2010 title decider, having knocked out Williams, three-times champion Justin Henin and fellow former world No.1 Jelena Jankovic in an inspired run to the final, Stosur made the semi-finals in Paris on three other occasions. She was a claycourt giant at the height of her career and never getting her hands on the Suzanne-Lenglen Cup is Stosur’s biggest lament, if not regret. Stosur walks away as the 22nd highest earner in women’s professional tennis history after amassing $27,490,735 in prize money. Since turning pro back in 1998, Stosur captured six singles titles plus 28 doubles trophies, including seven grand slam crowns. She reached world No.1 in doubles in 2006 and represented Australia at a record five Olympic Games. Your cookie settings are preventing this third party content from displaying. If you’d like to view this content, please adjust your Cookie Settings