Former world. no. 4 Samantha Stosur is still eager to play on a high level despite a slow start of 2019, targeting the US Open main draw despite dropping out from the top-100 only for the second time in 11 years. The Brisbane native had gathered some points in Sydney and Miami before the 40th victory at Roland Garros where she played in the final nine years ago.
On the other hand, Stosur has been playing some of her best tennis in doubles this year with Shuai Zhang, winning the home Major in Melbourne, reaching the final in Miami and the quarters in Madrid, Rome and Roland Garros.
Samantha competed in Mallorca this week, advancing into the second round where the 4th seed Elise Mertens toppled her 6-3, 6-3. With no time for rest or enjoying the beautiful island, the Aussie is off to England, entering the qualifying draw in Eastbourne where she faces Iga Swiatek on Friday.
Stosur is guaranteed to compete in the main draw at Wimbledon where she grabbed just 12 singles wins since 2003 and the plan is to earn enough points to make the US Open main draw, missing the last Major of the season only once since 2004.
“Look, I still want to play and I'm ready to play qualifying draws if necessary” Stosur said. “If you’re playing well enough hopefully you’re not doing it for too long. It’s not ideal, but the aim is to try and work very hard to make the main draw at the US Open.
It’s not the place I want to be in but I feel that I’m on the right track and there is room for improvement. Maybe I see things a bit different nowadays to six or seven years ago. Mallorca has been a nice relaxed start to the grass-court swing.
All in all, being on the grass for five days it’s going pretty well. Just finding a way to get the ball shooting through and hitting flatter”.