Top 10, I'm on the way: Samantha Stosur
Margie McDonald | October 22, 2009
Article from: The Australian
NO date has been set, but Sam Stosur intends to get into the world's top 10 quickly.
"As soon as possible would be great," the 25-year-old said yesterday, relaxing at home on the Gold Coast with the US and Asian sections of the WTA tour now over.
Stosur is fresh from winning her first WTA tour singles trophy, topping the Japan Open on Sunday. She had failed in five previous attempts but said yesterday she never doubted she would score eventually.
"To actually do it and win a tournament is certainly a very good thing," she said.
However, Stosur's singles record remains horribly unbalanced against her doubles record of 22 titles, including four Grand Slams and several world No1 rankings.
Her next step is the top 10, after she finished the season on a career-equalling No 13 (she hit 13 early last month).
She has only two tournaments left this season. She will play the WTA doubles championships in Doha (best four teams of the year) with Rennae Stubbs, and then the Bali Tournament of Champions for players who have won a tournament this year.
"Now it's top 10 - that's obvious - but depending on how I finish in Bali, I could maybe be a little closer and then next year if I get a good start I can maybe have a good shot.
"I don't know how long I'll take to do it. I haven't set a date, but every day I'm going to work towards getting there."
One of the quickest ways would be reaching quarter-finals or better at the four Grand Slams.
Stosur had a breakthrough this year in making the semi-finals of the French Open - but that was only the second time in 26 Slams she had gone beyond the fourth round.
"Next year has got to be the goal again to really try and perform in those Grand Slam weeks," she said.
"There's only a few of them each year, and the big tournaments are where you want to peak because obviously great things can happen to your ranking.
"That's the goal now, to try to replicate what worked at Roland Garros."
The bank balance also rises. Stosur earned a third of her $US1.1 million ($1.2m) singles prizemoney this year with $US364,371 at the French Open.
Her Hopman Cup doubles partner Lleyton Hewitt earned $US682,947 and is ranked No22 in the world.
Stosur beats him on both counts of being Australia's highest in the money list and rankings. "I'll have to have a word with him about that when I see him next," she said.
But her earnings will take a tumble next year because she and Stubbs are parting after 15 tournaments and three finals this year.
"Stubbsie and I have talked about this and we're not going to team up after this year.
"At the start of the year, when I said singles was my priority and I had to make some changes, I think I proved to myself that was a smart move. I'm starting to reap the benefits.
"Next year, I've got to do the same. I'll still play doubles, but not as much and possibly not with a regular partner, so I'm not letting anyone down if I can't play a certain week."
Stosur realises a top 15 world ranking brings more public expectation and pressure for results during the Australian season than she previously faced.
"But my expectations are now greater than they ever have been as well," she said.
"So I've got to work out a way to deal with that."
Stosur has not entered the Brisbane International, which Justine Henin yesterday confirmed will be the starting point of her return after 20 months away from the WTA tour.
Brisbane now boasts the two Belgian comeback queens, after Kim Clijsters said she was coming two weeks ago.
So Sam is splitting with Renae...And she probably won't have a regular partner...I hope she will play with Lisa in some tourney's next year though