The 34-year-old Samantha Stosur has finished inside the Top 100 for the 15th straight year, standing as the third-oldest player in the elite group behind the Williams sisters and already starting to prepare for 2019 season at the Melbourne Park. The Austrian turned pro in 1999 and she won the US Open in 2011 as a highlight of her career that propelled her into the Top 4 in singles and also to the very top of the doubles ranking back in 2006.
The veteran was able to avoid big injuries and play the full swing of tournaments in 2018, scoring 11 wins before the semi-final run in Mallorca where she lost to Anastasia Sevastova in straight sets. Stosur also claimed one win at Wimbledon and two more in Gstaad where he reached the quarter-final for her last main draw wins of the season.
The results were not that great and the Aussie will finish the year outside the Top 70 for the first time since 2003, deciding to make some changes and part ways with Josh Eagle with whom she worked in 2017 and 2018. Sam shared a message with her fans about this decision, saying they will go separate ways from now after two good years and expressing her gratefulness for everything Josh did for her during that period:
"At the end of my 2018 season and after two years of collaboration, Josh and I both felt it was time to move on and finish our coaching partnership.
I want to take the time to thank Josh for everything he has done to help me with my career and his unwavering dedication to make me a better player and most importantly, grow as a person. We had some great times and moments on and off the court highlighted by a singles title in Strasbourg 2017 and a doubles title in Hong Kong this year.
I want to wish him and his family all the very best for the future and I look forward to continuing our friendship off the court."