Sam Stosur enjoying her last Australian Open with a first round Singles win

It has been 20 years since Samantha Stosur first played in the Australian Open Tennis tournament and to say that is has been a tumultuous ride, is putting it mildly.

The former Australian No. 1, who only missed the tournament in 2008, has battled to find success in the Singles draw, having only reached the fourth round twice, in 2006 and 2010.

The Ladies and Mixed Doubles draws have certainly been more kind to her at her home Grand Slam.

Ladies Doubles – in 2006, she partnered with Lisa Raymond and were finalists. In 2019, she and Zhang Shuai won the title.

Mixed Doubles – in 2005, she partnered with Scott Draper to win the title and was a finalist with Matthew Ebden in 2021.

Time to bow out as motherhood awaits

In 2019, Stosur added her close friend and former No.1 multiple Doubles and Mixed Doubles Champion, ESPN commentator, coach and Racquet Magazine podcast host, Rennae Stubbs to her coaching team. Stubbs, who currently excels as a commentator, coach and tennis analyst has certainly added value to the Stosur game (and no doubt a lot of comedy too).

A lot has happened since the onset of Covid-19 in 2020, with Stosur already battling some injury niggles.

When her partner, Liz Astling gave birth to their daughter, Genevieve (Evie) Stosur on 16 June 2020, Stosur, who turned pro in 1999, decided that it was time to make some career decisions and at the end of last year, confirmed that this would be her last appearance in the Singles draw and that she will continue to play Doubles for the remainder of 2022.

Stosur enjoying the ride

The 37 year old received a Singles wildcard from Tennis Australia and today, faced the 28 year old American, Robin Anderson on the Show Court Arena. With a limited number of spectators allowed, who arrived to support their local favourite maybe one last time, Stosur, who has not reached the second round since 2015, managed to battle past her opponent with a 6-7(7) 6-3 6-3 win, setting up a second round match against her friend and former doubles partner, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Thursday.

During the media press conference, Stosur said she felt that she was playing with a bit more freedom and enjoying her time out there. Watch the full interview on www.https://ausopen.com/news

Tomorrow, Stosur and Zhang Shuai, who are seeded fourth, will face the unseeded Miyo Kato and Sabrina Santamaria in their first round Doubles match.

One certainly hopes that Sam Stosur can bow out of the Australian Open on a high note.

“Ole Ole” the Aussie Open is underway

Today marked the start of the 2022 Australian Open Grand Slam Tennis tournament at Melbourne Park.

Following a fortnight of drama involving World No. 1 Men’s player and defending champion, Novak Djokovic, who was deported yesterday, the first day of play got underway without any hiccups, unless of course, you were one of the unlucky players who got ousted in the first round.

Tough day for the South Africans as Anderson and Harris are sent packing

It was not a good day for the South African players, with Kevin Anderson losing to the in-form American, Reilly Opelka 3-6 4-6 6-7(7).

Australia’s Alexander Vukic defeated Lloyd Harris 4-6 6-3 7-5 7-6(3).

Nadal breezes through as Zverev and Berrettini are tested on Day 1

The 6th seed, Rafael Nadal of Spain sailed past Marcos Giron of America, 6-1 6-4 6-2 in 1h49m on Rod Laver Arena.

Alexander Zverev, the 3rd seed from Germany built up a sweat in defeating fellow countryman, Daniel Altmaier 7-6(3) 6-1 7-6(1). Zverev is currently one of the favourites to lift the Norman Brookes trophy.

Italy’s Matteo Berrettini, seeded 7th this year, dropped the first set before battling past the American Brandon Nakashima, 4-6 6-2 7-6(5) 6-3.

The Barty party gets underway

World No. 1, Top seeded Ladies contender and local favourite, Ashleigh Barty needed just 54 minutes to dismiss Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko 6-0 6-1 in a masterclass performance. Barty’s great 2021 form is continuing, having recently won the Adelaide International Singles and Doubles (alongside Storm Sanders) titles and she is the firm favourite to lift the Daphne Akhurst trophy.

Badosa continues to chip away towards her first Grand Slam title

Paula Badosa of Spain, seeded 8th, is another hot favourite in the Ladies draw. Badosa added the Sydney International title to her collection on Saturday and today, wasted no time in dashing another local favourite, Ajla Tomljanovic’s hopes 6-4 6-0.

It was good to see Naomi Osaka back on the tour as she advanced to the second round after defeating Camila Osorio 6-3 6-3.

In an all American match, Madison Keys, who won the Adelaide International 2 title on Saturday, battled past the 11th seed, Sofia Kenin 7-6(2) 7-5.

Coco Gauff also found her singles title hopes dashed, when she lost to Wang Qiang of China, 6-4 6-2.

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Venus Williams continues to push the limits

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Venus Williams didn’t win this year’s Australian Open Ladies Final, but she certainly stole the show and with it, many hearts along the way.

Despite a resurgent two years on the WTA tour, not many people would have envisaged that the 36 year old, seven-time Grand Slam champion, would advance to the second week of the Australian Open, let alone be standing next to her younger sister, Serena, who defeated her in the final, 6-4 6-4, to win her 23rd Grand Slam Ladies Singles title and with it, being crowned as the overall record holder in the open era of Ladies tennis.

Williams kicked off her 2017 tour schedule at the ASB Classic in New Zealand, but was forced to withdraw after winning her first round match against Jade Lewis, due to a pain in her right arm.

She entered the Australian Open, seeded 13th, and had a tough first round match against Kateryna Kozlova of the Ukraine, which she won 7-6(5) 7-5. She then had two easier matches – first against the Suisse player, Stefanie Voegele 6-3 6-2 in the second round, followed by a 6-1 6-0 victory against China’s Ying-Ying Duan, in the third round. 

Whilst Venus was finding some good form, the much anticipated Ladies Final between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeded players, Angelique Kerber and younger sister, Serena, was off the table, after the unseeded American player, Coco Vandeweghe, ousted Kerber 6-2 6-3 in the fourth round.

Venus continued chipping away with a fourth round 6-3 7-5 victory against Germany’s Mona Barthel. She then needed 1 hour and 47 minutes to defeat Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 7-6(3) in the quarter-finals. 

But, her moment under the Aussie sun definately came in the form of a semi-final clash against fellow American, the surprise “seed slayer”, Coco Vandeweghe. The first set went to a tie-break, which Vandeweghe won. Williams, who seemed to be down and out, fought back to win the second set and after 2 hours and 20 minutes on court, broke Vandeweghe’s serve to clinch the match 6-7(7) 6-2 6-3. 

Williams, who is known for her utter composure on court, could not contain her emotions as the reality of what she had just achieved sunk in at a rapid pace – https://youtu.be/2aAmdyIAeQ4

After the Australian Open, she lost to KiKi Mladenovic in the fourth round of the St. Petersburg Open, played and won an exhibition match against Garbine Muguruza at Madison Square Gardens, and is currently through to the third round of the Indian Wells tournament. 

Along with her tour matches, she will also be competing in an exhibition match against Eugenie Bouchard in Atlanta on July 23rd.

Venus is also determined to take part in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

But it’s not just on the court that Venus excels.

She is the CEO of VStarr Interiors, a design company, launched her own fashion line, EleVen by Venus Williams, which showcased its upcoming spring collection during the Madison Square Gardens exhibition matches, is part-owner of the Miami Dolphins football team with sister Serena, and is currently working towards her master’s degree in interior architecture for her VStarr company.

Video courtesy of the Australian Open TV