Former world No. 4 Sam Stosur has revealed that the upcoming Australian Open will probably be her last. Stosur, 37, never nade it past the round-of-16 at the Australian Open in singles but captured two titles in the women's doubles and one in the mixed doubles.
Stosur is still a good doubles player as she is ranked at No. 16 on the doubles list but her career appears to be set to end at some point next year. Stosur fell just short of winning her second Australian Open mixed doubles this year as she and Matt Ebden ended runners-up.
“Chances are it probably will be the last time,” Stosur told reporters in Melbourne, per Yahoo Sports Australia. “I’ve just done my first day back training today. I’m seeing how things go. “I had a little run around in preparation and lead-up to a big summer hopefully.
“My knees are a bit sore, but I actually hit pretty well considering I’ve had two weeks off”.
Stosur still has the passion for the game
Doing an offseason at the age of 37 is never easy but Stosur isn't complaining.
“I always love getting back on court,” Stosur said. “Pre-seasons can be a bit brutal, but I’ve done enough of them now that it doesn’t take too long to get back into it”. Former doubles world No.
1 Stosur also spoke about the terrible story of her former partner Peng Shuai. "It's a terrible story, what is unfolding with Peng Shuai," said Stosur, who goes back a long way with the Chinese player, with the pair having played 10 times in singles on tour and many more times in doubles.
"From the players' point of view and the tour, we just want her to be safe and hopefully everything is OK, but things are unfolding and we just have to wait and see how that plays out."