At the age of 32, Sam Stosur is clearly aware that tennis mortality is stalking her, so she plans to devote the bulk of her attention to the French Open, where the slower clay surface of Roland Garros Stadium offers her the best opportunity to win one of tennis’ four Majors.
Stosur won the U.S. Open in 2011 for her only Major following a 2010 appearance in the final of the French Open that she somewhat inexplicably lost to Italian Francesca Schiavone in straight sets after cruising through the opening rounds and beating Serena Williams in the quarterfinals.
It was Serena Williams that stood in Stosur’s path on the way to her U.S. Open victory, but Stosur had a fairly easy time of it as Williams had slipped all the way to 28th in the world rankings at the time. Stosur won in straight sets and lost only five games in the match.
She will play in Prague in order to tune up for clay courts and will follow that with appearances in Spain, Italy and France.
Stosur is planning to change coaches after the French, leaving David Taylor for a second time. The pair cited geography as the main reason for the breakup.