Strasbourg | Stosur makes surprise singles appearance

Aussie Sam Stosur made a surprise appearance in the singles in the Internationaux de Strasbourg on Sunday after having announcing at the Australian Open that she was retiring from singles play.

“If Roland Garros calls me and says, ‘you wanna play?’, sure!” she said at the time. “But, no, my time for singles is finished.

“This wasn’t a comeback to singles, it was just a good opportunity.”

Stosur, who won the US Open in 2010 and Starsbourg in 2015 and 2017, was wild-carded into the 32-player main draw to help fill in for late drop-outs.

Already set to play in the doubles with Taiwan’s Latisha Chan, Stosur said she was honoured to take up the offer.

“It was good, it was fun, considering I didn’t know I was competing here until a couple of days ago,” said Stosur.

“For sure, I was a bit nervous. I guess I haven’t done many things when I wasn’t fully prepared.

“So going into here was a difficult scenario, but mostly I was just excited to get another chance of playing singles in a place where I’ve had a lot of success and enjoy myself.

“Overall, I actually hit the ball really well – I hit some balls as if it were five years ago when the ball was going exactly where I wanted it to! But on other points, she was making me move side to side and it was hard!”

The 37-year old, who was ranked in the Top 10 between 2010 and 2013, lost to local Frenchwoman Harmony Tan, 6-2 6-1, in her unexpected return to the game.

She also made it to to the final at Roland Garros in 2010, and was a semi-finalist at Grand Slams on 3 other occasions.

Announcing the move on Instagram, Stosur said she would compete in doubles for the rest of 2022 before moving on to new challenges.

Reaching a career-high of World No 4 in 2011, the same year she defeated Serena Williams to win the US Open, Stosur will undoubtedly go down as one of the greats of Australian tennis.

At the end of 2021, Stosur and her partner Liz Astling announced the birth of a baby girl.



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