Slipping out of the Top-100, 2019 has not been a good year for Sam Stosur but the Australian never lost hope and kept fighting. That never die attitude finally bore fruit with Stosur reaching the semi-finals in Guangzhou. “It’s obviously been a tough year so to come here and make a semi is really pleasing,” she said.
“I don’t know (what’s clicking this week). You’ve always got to believe it’s going to come back. You keep always doing the right things and training and practising the way you should”. “It’s certainly not easy and I’m very, very pleased; I’ve had close matches (this week) where things could have gone the other way.
It’s a reminder that good results can be just around the corner if you just keep believing in yourself”. Speaking about her quarterfinal win over Nina Stojanovic in straight sets 6-2, 7-6(1), she said, “In the second set (against Stojanovic) there were a couple of longer points and then it kind of hit me – I felt everything go flat and I lost all my energy and that continued for a few games”.
“I’d played singles and then doubles yesterday – I didn’t go on (for doubles) until 10.30pm and didn’t get to bed until 2am. But I guess it’s just sport, and the adrenaline kicks in”.
“To be honest I was almost preparing for a third set and wanted to try and hold at least once in that second set to break some of that momentum, and try and be serving first in that third set — not that I was giving up on it, but chances are (slim at that point)”.
She further spoke about her mindset during the match, saying, “I just kept plugging away. I don’t think she played great service game at 5-1, and I thought ‘there’s something up with her here’”.
“I played a couple of bad points to go down 0-40 (in that 12th game); I thought that was a whole waste of time coming back if I was going to lose down 5-6. I kind of sensed those moments where she was missing a few and when I needed to step up.
I tried to play and win as many points as possible, and played a really good tiebreak”. “I guess just being a little bit relaxed about it and going point by point helped”.