Sam Stosur wins over Anderson to extend her Melbourne singles run

Knowing when to leave is a key point when enjoying your career. Sam Stosur knows her time is coming and wants it to be a good one.

Sam Stosur wins over Anderson to extend her Melbourne singles run

"My ranking is going to decide a lot of that as far as the singles stuff goes...we'll see what happens with January," Sam Stosur said matter-of-factly. She felt disgusted over her loss in the first round months ago at the U.S.

Open. She was plummeted by Anett Kontaveit in straight sets making the 37-year-old Aussie ponder on where her future was going. She used to be in the top 4 now it's close to 15. Doubles she felt more stable and confident in getting a win as she captured her 27th title with Zhang Shuai at the U.S.

Open. Singles was the most challenging. Stosur had gotten into the Australian Open on a wild card and so did her first round opponent Robin Anderson, a former UCLA player and ten years younger than the Aussie. This gave the veteran doubts on how the match would result.

The first set was tense with Stosur making mistakes she wouldn't normally make. But she hung in there at least pulled the set to a tiebreak. Anderson played aggressive, pulling Stosur out of her rhythm and won the tiebreak with a forehand easy volley.

Sam used the 2nd set to re-group and change up her game to be more dominant. She used her passing shots. volleys and opportunities to win points. The set was tight but she gained her composure to win 6-3. Now that the sets were balanced, Stosur cut her losses and went for her shots, continuing to be more aggressive.

The Aussie's game was more fluid now and she had gained a ton of confidence on many of her strategies and shotmaking to produce winning games. They were tied at 3-all but that's when the Aussie overpowered a now tired Anderson to gain two more games.

At 40-all, Stosur knew she ha dto end the match and did with defiance and relief to make it to the second round. "It's been tough but I'm really glad I was able to come over here and play another couple of slams and hopefully finish on a high," the Aussie said coyly.

Sam Stosur knows that it's not how she starts out but how she finishes. She is feeling good about her accomplishments so far to continue her single play as long as she can in her home country.

Sam Stosur