Former world No. 4 Sam Stosur has announced that she will retire from singles at the Australian Open. Stosur, 37, was awarded a wild card into the Australian Open. "I’m so excited and very grateful to play in my 20th AO in a couple of weeks time.
A huge thank you to @tennisaustralia for giving me this opportunity to finish my singles career at my home Grand Slam. It really means a lot to me to be able to finish in front of my family, friends and Aussie fans who have stuck by me through thick and thin.
I’m sure it’s going to be a mix of emotions but I wouldn’t want it any other way as I always thought I’d finish playing in Australia. I do however plan to play the rest of the year in doubles but this will close the first chapter of my career," Stosur said in an Instagram post.
Stosur never made a singles deep run in Melbourne
Stosur has won titles in women's doubles and mixed doubles at Melbourne Park but never in singles. Stosur only twice managed to make the round-of-16 at Melbourne Park in singles.
Stosur failed to make it past the Australian Open qualifying in 2000 and 2001 but debuted at the event in 2002 and since then she has featured in every Australian Open. Stosur retiring from singles at the Australian Open should not come as a surprise as earlier this month she hinted that could happen.
“Chances are it probably will be the last time,” Stosur said earlier this month. “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."