Sat. Feb 4th, 2023

MELBOURNE, Jan 15 (Reuters) – Sam Stosur will bid a bittersweet farewell to residence followers on the Australian Open however is not going to be straying removed from the sport, the 38-year-old main winner mentioned on Sunday.

Stosur introduced on social media she’s going to retire from the game after a final look within the doubles tournaments at Melbourne Park, 21 years after her first Australian Open. learn extra

Since turning into a mum in mid-2020, Stosur has made a staged departure from the sport, taking up a mentoring function with among the nation’s rising gamers.

“I nonetheless would like to be concerned in some capability. Nonetheless set to work out precisely what that’s going to be,” Stosur advised reporters at Melbourne Park.

“I am too obsessed with it, too invested in what all the opposite gamers are doing to simply stroll away.

“I am going to discover one thing in tennis to do, for positive.”

Many in Australia’s tennis institution will hope which means taking up a extra hands-on function nurturing the following technology.

Some 10 months after Ash Barty’s retirement, Stosur’s exit will depart Australian tennis with out an energetic Grand Slam title winner in its ranks and a girls’s sport crying out for a brand new champion to emerge.

With Australia’s prime two girls, Thirty fifth-ranked Ajla Tomljanovic and world quantity 56 Daria Saville, sidelined with damage the house nation has solely wildcards ranked exterior the highest 150 within the girls’s singles at Melbourne Park this 12 months.

Stosur mentioned it could take only one participant to interrupt via and carry the torch for others, simply as she as soon as did by upsetting Serena Williams in entrance of a hostile Arthur Ashe crowd to assert the 2011 U.S. Open title, her most interesting hour.

“I am positive they are going to get there at some point. They simply

have to recover from that subsequent little hurdle,” she mentioned of the likes of world quantity 160 Jaimee Fourlis and 167th-ranked Kimberly Birrell.

“All of them have sort of been between 100, 130, received shut, dropped out.

“I do assume success drives success. It is solely going to take one to perhaps get via that subsequent spot and we’ll see

extra coming via.”

Reporting by Ian Ransom in Melbourne; Modifying by Peter Rutherford

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