Sam Stosur announces end to her illustrious career after Australian Open



by DZEVAD MESIC

Sam Stosur announces end to her illustrious career after Australian Open

2011 US Open champion Sam Stosur has announced she is retiring from pro tennis after the Australian Open. Stosur, 38, has won seven Grand Slam titles across all competitions. Now, she is ending her career in front of her home fans in Melbourne Park.

In the final tournament of her career, Stosur will play in two competitions - she will team up Alize Cornet in the women's doubles event and also plans to play with Matt Ebden in the mixed doubles event. "I’m so excited to be back at Melbourne Park playing in my 21st Australian Open, but it’s with mixed feelings that I also share with you that this will be my last tournament.

I feel so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to finish playing at my favourite slam – my home slam – in front of my Aussie fans, friends and family," Stosur wrote on Instagram.

Stosur feels it is the right time to walk away from tennis

Last year, Stosur announced her retirement from singles.

Now, she is putting an end to her career altogether. Stosur, who turned pro in 1999, admits she still loves the game and wants to play but feels that retiring from pro tennis is the right thing to do at this stage of her life.

"Even though I’ve made the decision to retire from the sport I absolutely love, a small part of me would be happy to keep playing forever. I know I’m going to miss playing competitive tennis, all the amazing experiences and emotions that come with being on the tour, and doing what I’ve done for nearly my whole life.

There are so many stand-out matches, some against legends of the sport, that make me look back and think how grateful I am for my career," Stosur added. It remains to be seen if Stosur can finish her career with a bang and end victorious in the women's or mixed doubles events.

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