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tennisIlove09
Nov 17th, 2006, 12:47 AM
Stosur aims for the top

Paul Malone
November 16, 2006 11:00pm
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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.

Brett.
Nov 17th, 2006, 12:56 AM
Awesome news! :)

Ben.
Nov 17th, 2006, 01:00 AM
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 :)

CrossCourt~Rally
Nov 17th, 2006, 01:03 AM
She had a very solid year. :worship: I don't care what GoDominique sais :p I think she has top 20 potential. Lisa Raymond has been a very positive influence on her :D

aussy89
Nov 17th, 2006, 01:52 AM
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 =)

jas_aussie
Nov 17th, 2006, 02:01 AM
todd woodbridge would be a good coach for her

DutchieGirl
Nov 17th, 2006, 03:16 AM
Hope she can do well on the GC! :D

Prizeidiot
Nov 17th, 2006, 03:55 AM
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?

Josh.
Nov 17th, 2006, 04:14 AM
i will be there cheering her on! so lets hope she can ;)

aussy89
Nov 17th, 2006, 04:39 AM
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
mark woodford
gigi fernadez
craig morris
mark hallwaty
lisa raymond (helping)
david taylor (fed cup)

anyone else i forgot?

Prizeidiot
Nov 17th, 2006, 05:12 AM
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

Mr.Kardashian
Nov 17th, 2006, 05:28 AM
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

DutchieGirl
Nov 17th, 2006, 05:33 AM
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.

Marcus Jordan
Nov 17th, 2006, 05:37 AM
Too much talk only puts unneccesary pressure on you. Not a good idea...

Mr.Kardashian
Nov 17th, 2006, 05:38 AM
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 ;)

Prizeidiot
Nov 17th, 2006, 05:42 AM
Gold Coast and Hobart have their best ever draws.... so what does that mean for sydney I wonder?

Mr.Kardashian
Nov 17th, 2006, 05:56 AM
ooh who is playing in Hobart? i heard that serena may be?

DutchieGirl
Nov 17th, 2006, 06:52 AM
Gold Coast and Hobart have their best ever draws.... so what does that mean for sydney I wonder?

Hobart draw isn't even out till next week...only like 5 people are known who are playing there. It won't mean anything for Sydney as GC isn't even the same week. So far Hobart has: Chakvetadze, Serena Williams, Krajicek, Radwanska (Aga) and Pratt. Yeah it's gonna be their best field ever, but it hardly depletes Sydney that much, does it?

Mr.Kardashian
Nov 17th, 2006, 08:04 AM
no it shouldnt... sydney usually attracts a few top ten players probably justine to defend her title... possible kim maybe dementieva and others alicia molik and sam stosur will also play in sydney im sure so the hobart field wont deplete sydney at all i dont think