Sport Stosur to play with freedom in final Open

10:50  15 january  2022
10:50  15 january  2022 Source:   aap.com.au

Sam Stosur bids emotional farewell to singles tennis after Australian Open loss

  Sam Stosur bids emotional farewell to singles tennis after Australian Open loss Former US Open champion Sam Stosur has officially played her final singles match, falling to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the second round of the Australian Open. The Australian will continue to play doubles at the Open, before tapering off throughout 2022. Stosur put up a respectable performance against the No. 10 seed Russian, but ultimately lost 6-2 6-2 in a match that lasted just over an hour. Pavlyuchenkova gained an early break in the opening game and took out the first set despite a tenacious effort from Stosur.

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Australian tennis player Samantha Stosur is far from done, but is only one victory away from claiming a seventh grand slam title after snagging her way into the US Open women’s doubles final . Stosur and her Chinese partner Zhang Shuai defeated American Desirae Krawczyk and Chilean Alexa Guarachi 6-2 Stosur and Shuai meet American teens and mass crowd favorites Coco Gauff and Caty McNally in the final . A second women’s doubles crown at Flushing Meadows, after she took the crown with Lisa Raymond in 2005, would be a fitting way to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Stosur ’s last singles win

On the verge of her final Australian Open singles campaign, Samantha Stosur plans to play with freedom when she farewells a long chapter of her career on her terms.

Samantha Stosur will play in her final singles main draw at the Australian Open. © James Ross/AAP PHOTOS Samantha Stosur will play in her final singles main draw at the Australian Open.

Stosur announced in December her record-equalling 20th Melbourne Park campaign would be her final singles tournament.

That will commence on Tuesday for her when she plays American Robin Anderson.

"This tournament probably more so than ever is about going out there and enjoying it," Stosur said.

"Obviously you want to win. If you play tennis or any sport, you're competitive. I couldn't have done this for this long if I wasn't competitive.

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Stosur , the reigning US Open champion, served out the first set at 6-3 after 50 minutes of play . In the opening game of the second set, Bartoli found herself down a double break point at 15-40. Stosur failed to close out on the first opportunity, netting a sitter at the end of a rally in which she had done well to open up the court. You always want to win a match playing the full match, winning match point. Still, any player will take it if you play a set or two sets, but of course in the nature of the sport, you want to be able to finish it. Still I thought both of us were playing really good, high quality tennis."

Top-seeded Sam Stosur reached the final of the Japan Women's Open on Saturday with a 7-6 (6), 6-2 victory against Elina Svitolina of Ukraine. Stosur advances to Japan Women's Open final .

"Absolutely you want to go out there and do your best, come away with the win if possible.

"But first and foremost, I want to go out there, enjoy myself, play well, be free, swing. If I want to hit, go for that winner down the line, I'm going to do it.

"It's about playing and enjoying that moment and soaking it all up."

Like any other Australian Open campaign, Stosur, 37, will have her family on hand, though young daughter Evie's presence will depend on her mother's match timeslot.

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"Look, it's certainly going to feel a bit different maybe when I'm playing. You look up into the stands, all of that stuff," Stosur said.

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PRAGUE (AP) Second-seeded Lucie Safarova and fourth-seeded Sam Stosur advanced to the Prague Open final on Friday. In an all-Czech semifinal of two former. Safarova didn't win a singles this season before claiming four in a row in Prague. She'll be seeking her seventh WTA title. Stosur , who has eight career titles, advanced on a walkover after top-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova could not play their semifinal due to an abdominal muscle problem.

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"But at the end of the day it's all on my terms. It's something that I feel really good about. Not every athlete gets to finish like that.

"In that respect I'm pretty content with that. Obviously I'm still going to continue in the doubles. It's not all over. Little by little I'll get there.

"... You can go out, finish at home, finish at a grand slam - not any better place to finish as an Australian.

"However it goes I'm really happy with that."

Stosur will continue playing doubles beyond the Open.

World No.1 and compatriot Ash Barty hailed 2011 US Open champion and six-time doubles grand slam winner's influence on Australian tennis.

"Sam, she's an Australian champion, plain and simple. She has set the tone for us Aussies as tennis players for years and years," Barty said.

"For her to have an opportunity to go out on her terms is incredibly exciting. I'm so excited for her next chapter, what that brings in her life. I know she's going to continue on with doubles.

"The way she's been able to pave the path and guide so many Australians, so much of the Australian tennis youth, has been nothing shy of remarkable.

"She is our champion. We love her to bits.

"I really hope that she gets to enjoy the experience come Tuesday when she's playing."

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