Sam Stosur is considered one of the greatest champions of Australian tennis. Whether or not the Australian public is aware of this remains to be seen.
the The 38-year-old announced Saturday night She will suspend the racket forever after participating in the women’s and mixed doubles Australian Open Championship. Stosur, who famously beat Serena Williams to win the US Open in 2011, has already retired from singles.
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But the 2023 Australian Open will be her last swansong when she teams up with Matt Ebden in mixed and Alize Cornet in women’s doubles. Stosur said Saturday that she is “looking forward to getting to the stadium one last time in front of my amazing fans, who are the reason I get out there and play the sport I love, and enjoy this amazing ride one last time.”
Stosur’s victory over Serena would be one of the most remarkable Australian sporting achievements ever. Serena was in her best form playing in front of a fierce crowd at home at Flushing Meadows.
But Stosur shocked the tennis world when she knocked out the 23-time Grand Slam champion at the top of her game. She reached world No. 4 in singles and No. 1 in doubles, and won seven Grand Slam titles – four in women’s and three in mixed.
But some of the comments that flooded social media in the wake of her retirement were disgusting. Many chose to mention several of her first-round exits at Melbourne Park and a complete washout on her eight Grand Slam titles.
Stosur has been one of Australia’s most successful players at the French Open, reaching four semi-finals, including losing in the 2010 final. She has also reached the quarter-finals in years that have seen her win the US Open.
“I am so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to finish playing my favorite slam – the home slam – in front of my Australian fans, friends and family,” she said. “Although I have made the decision to completely retire from the sport I love, a small part of me will be happy to continue playing forever.
“I want to say a huge thank you to my amazing parents Diane and Tony, my brothers Dominic and Daniel, my partner Liz and my daughter Evie, and all the coaches, physiotherapists, coaches, doctors, and all of the sponsors over the years.
“There are so many other people who have helped and supported me behind the scenes and all over the world. You know who you are, and I hope you know I couldn’t have done it without you, and I will thank you all personally.”
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Former coach and husband’s partner said Rena StubbsI knew this was coming but here I am, reading your words and crying! Sam, there’s not a person on tour who can say a bad word about you.
“Your class, your professionalism, your dedication, your love and respect for the sport, your fellow competitors and the people around you, are unparalleled. There would be a huge void on this crazy tour without you, but my god it was such a good place when you were in it.
“It was a pleasure watching you go from that talented uncertain kid into the Hall of Fame. You were a role model to so many and you should be proud of that and the player you have become but most importantly, you are a person.”
Any tennis fans who can’t recognize Stosur for the champ she’s ashamed of should be ashamed of themselves.
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