Shocking! Aussie tennis star to retire from singles after Australian Open 2022

Former singles World No.4 Samantha Stosur announced her retirement from the singles category after the Australian Open 2022 on Wednesday.

Sam Stosur
Sam Stosur

Samantha “Sam” Stosur has enjoyed a very successful career both in the singles and doubles categories. The Aussie has won Grand Slams in both disciplines, winning 4 doubles Grand Slams and another Singles Grand Slam.

Despite being 37, the Aussie was still rolling back the years in the 2021 season. The current doubles World No.16 won the 2021 Western & Southern Open alongside her partner Zhang Shuai, capturing her 29th career titles and her first since the 2019 Australian Open doubles title. She then surpassed that incredible performance to win the US Open doubles title, where she and Shuai beat Coco Gauff and Caty McNally in the final.

Stosur to retire from singles after Australian Open 2022!

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Sam Stosur said on Wednesday that she had decided to call it quits in the singles department after the Australian Open and continue to focus on her doubles performances. The Aussie received a wild card to play in a tournament, which would be her 69th Grand Slam singles appearance in total, which is a record for an Australian player and the sixth most for any woman in history.

The former singles World No.4 revealed that finished strongly in her own country and in front of her family and known ones played a big role in her decision. She went on to thank her fans for sticking by her for so long and went on to reassure them of her continued participation in the doubles discipline.

“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, 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. I do however plan to play the rest of the year in doubles but this will close the first chapter of my career,” said Stosur on social media.

Despite her one Grand Slam title and other runners-up medal in the singles category, the Aussie has undoubtedly enjoyed greater success when she’s partnering someone else, which is shown by her 4 doubles Grand Slam titles, the most recent of which came at the Flushing Meadows earlier this year.

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