World No. 11 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova spoke extremely highly of Sam Stosur after beating the former world No. 4 at the Australian Open. Pavlyuchenkova beat Stosur 6-2 6-2 to put an end to the Australia's singles career. Stosur received a wildcard into the Australian Open because her wish was to finish her singles career at Melbourne Park.
“It’s a special moment for Sam and I want to give it to her ... It was actually very emotional for me, too. I had goosebumps when everybody was clapping for Sam," the Russian said in her on-court interview, per the WTA website.
"She's such a wonderful human being & also an amazing tennis player, so thank you Sam."
Stosur was emotional after losing to Pavlyuchenkova
Stosur was easily beaten in her last singles match but felt more than happy with her career.
“It was a really special moment for me, so thanks for coming and sharing it,” Stosur said. “I’ve done more than I ever thought possible. I dreamed of winning a Grand Slam and do what I dreamed of as a little kid, I think is phenomenal.
“I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’ve had many great moments here in Australia and around the world. It’s been amazing”. Before the start of the Australian Open, world No. 1 Ashleigh Barty spoke extremely highly of Stosur.
"I love watching Sam. I love being around Sam," Barty said. "I remember the first time I hit with Sam, it was here at Melbourne Park. We hit on Show Court 3. I've been extremely lucky to share some really cool moments over my career with her, and her career as well.
"More than that, she's created and paved this path for so many of the Australian youth to come through and be guided by her in a positive way."