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Stosur aims for the top

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AUSTRALIAN ace Sam Stosur wants to win her first WTA title when she returns to her hometown tournament on the Gold Coast in January.
Speaking from Madrid, Stosur said she would start her Australian summer with a new coach on board at the Mondial Australian Women's Hardcourt titles on the Gold Coast from December 31-January 6. Organisers will release the entry list today, and the Gold Coast power hitter and world No. 7 Martina Hingis will be among the players at the Royal Pines event.
Stosur racked up seven wins over top-30 players in 2006, including her first top-10 scalp Lindsay Davenport. Her world ranking went from 46 to 29 during the year and she has been ranked No. 1 in doubles for the past 11 months.

"If I can win my first title on the Gold Coast, it would be fantastic and something I'd love to achieve. It would give a little extra feeling to it," said Stosur, who ended her tennis year when she and doubles partner Lisa Raymond won the WTA Championships doubles final in Madrid on Sunday.
"For me, playing on the Gold Coast with everyone willing me to win those matches brings something extra to my play. I feel different playing in Australia."
Stosur's best year on tour came despite having no travelling coach after the French Open, when associations with Gigi Fernandez and Mark Hlwaty ended in quick succession.
But she said she hoped to hire a coach to steer her practice sessions for the Australian summer.
"I have a couple of options. I have to make a few phone calls and decide what I want to do," Stosur said.
"Whether someone travels with me for the month in Australia or the whole year remains to be seen.
"It would be nice to have someone with me, especially back home in Australia where there is so much going on.
"It's hard to take that next step now, but I hope I can get into the top 20 next year."
Stosur, runner-up to Patty Schnyder at the 2005 Gold Coast final, chose to play the Hopman Cup teams event in Perth in 2006, but the Perth organisers preferred Alicia Molik to play in the Australian team in January.
The ranking of the Queenslander, a semi-finalist in 2004 when she needed a wildcard entry, would have given her a seeding at three of the past five Gold Coast tournaments.
"I'm more than happy to be playing on the Gold Coast again, that's for sure," she pointed out.
"I was tossing up what I wanted to do – Gold Coast or Perth – and then I never had the opportunity to worry about it."
Switzerland's world No. 9 Schnyder has played the past 10 Gold Coast tournaments and is an anticipated entrant.
World No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne, second-ranked Amelie Mauresmo and Schnyder are the only top 10 women without known commitments for the first week of the Australian circuit.
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Awesome news!

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that's great 2 hear sam having that fire in her belly & that determination 2 achieve great success in tennis. i hope she does win her first tour title at the gold coast which would make a very happy chappie
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She had a very solid year. I don't care what GoDominique sais I think she has top 20 potential. Lisa Raymond has been a very positive influence on her
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good news to hear from sammy. i hope that she gets her first title at gold coast, shall b interesting to c who she picks as her coach i wounder who her thoughts are as "I have a couple of options. I have to make a few phone calls and decide what I want to do," anyone got suggestions? i agree lisa has done a great job with sam aswell =)

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todd woodbridge would be a good coach for her
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Hope she can do well on the GC!

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todd woodbridge would be a good coach for her
That would be an excellent choice of coach for Sam... did you hear something like that happenning, or is that just a wish?

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i will be there cheering her on! so lets hope she can
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yeah but isnt he with thomas johansn? that be a good choice, hmm lol mayb lisa will retire an b a coach but i think she said in her blog awhile bck coaching wouldnt b for her. but yeah woody would b good choice. hmmm shall b interesting who she gets on board least we dont have to wait to long to no as shed have to start getting bck into training like a week or two before chrissy.it b i think easier if she had a full time coach from early teenage cause thats wen we start building our game and contacts.

anyone no how long craig morris was with her for?

im trying to think of the ppl who coached her

noel gallagher
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gigi fernadez
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mark hallwaty
lisa raymond (helping)
david taylor (fed cup)

anyone else i forgot?

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Todd coaches Thomas only part time... I think around slams?

I'd assume he could be more full on with Sam seeing as she's based in Australia

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woodbridge would be a good choice for sam.
sam will have some tough competition for the title with hingis and probably schnyder playing in the Gold Coast tourny but with the crowd behind her sam can beat them.

BTW the entry list isnt on the mondial website yet
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Patty hasn't signed on for GC yet...and it wasn't on her schedule on her webpage, so I don't know if she will.

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Too much talk only puts unneccesary pressure on you. Not a good idea...

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Re: Stosur aims for the top

actually the entry list has been announced anmd thee are a few big names,
here are a few of them

**martina hingis
**dinara safina
**ana ivanovic
**sam stosur
**Groenefeld
**shahar peer
**srebotnik
**sugiyama
**li Na
**flavia pennetta

this is a tough field and stosur will have to play her best to win the title but im sure she can do it
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