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Australian Open: Aussie grand slam champ Sam Stosur powers into second round

Aussie grand slam champ Sam Stosur thrills the crowd as she comes back from the dead in her last ever Australian Open to power into second round

  • Stosur defeated America’s Robin Anderson 6-7, 6-3, 6-3 at Australian Open
  • This year’s Australian Open will be the tennis champ’s last singles campaign
  • Stosur said Tuesday’s match was ‘one of the best singles matches’ she’d played 


Aussie grand slam champion Sam Stosur has breezed through her first round of the Australian Open defeating America’s Robin Anderson – with the Aussie saying it was ‘one of the best singles matches’ she’d played.

This year’s tournament will mark the 37-year-old’s last ever singles campaign.

Stosur lost the first set but managed to turn it around and outplay her American opponent winning the match 6-7, 6-3, 6-3.

Stosur breathed a sigh of relief as she took the win after two hours and 29 minutes as the crowd awarded her a standing ovation. 

Aussie grand slam champion Sam Stosur has breezed through her first round of the Australian Open defeating America’s Robin Anderson

Stosur has only made the second round in the Australian Open three times since 2014 where she powered her way into the third.  

‘That was a match I’ll remember forever, it was probably one of the best singles matches I’ve played in a very long time,’ she told Nine News.

‘It has been the goal coming into the last couple of months playing singles, to enjoy myself. 

‘Try and play as best as I can. Every time I have been able to do that in my career I enjoyed it. Win or lose, that’s all you can ask for.’

Stosur made her Grand Slam debut at the Australian Open twenty years ago and has 28 doubles titles and nine singles titles under her belt.

The Aussie tennis champ announced earlier this month the Australian Open would mark her final singles campaign

Stosur is seen smiling with her trophy after winning the US Open in 2011, defeating Serena Williams in the final

Stosur is seen smiling with her trophy after winning the US Open in 2011, defeating Serena Williams in the final

Earlier this month she announced her singles career would be coming to an end.

‘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,’ she wrote on Instagram

‘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.’

Stosur’s impressive career saw her become the world No.1 in doubles tennis in 2006 and No.4 in singles in 2011.

She’s taken home one singles Grand Slam win, four women’s doubles and three mixed doubles. 

In 2011 she famously defeated world champion Serena Williams at the US Open. 

Stosur will either face off with Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or Hungarian Anna Bondar in the second round. 

More to come 

Stosur's impressive career saw her become the world No.1 in doubles tennis in 2006 and No.4 in singles in 2011

Stosur’s impressive career saw her become the world No.1 in doubles tennis in 2006 and No.4 in singles in 2011

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