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TS
Feb 19th, 2003, 04:17 AM
Well why not :D

23 bonus points just went down the drain this morning as Sam blew 4 match points against Stevenson :fiery: This wouldve given the ranking a further boost, but whats done is done I guess! A little more experience and Im sure she would have closed it out. Hopefully next time she *will* close these types of matches out...hope it doesnt become a habit, like some of her Aussie colleagues (past and present) have been known to do :o

I think her next event is $50K Minnesotta and she is in the main draw...will be tough, but Im sure she's ready to go!

2284
Feb 19th, 2003, 10:44 PM
If she can come that close to beating the #24 ranked player now, imagine what she will be able to do with a bit of experience :)

Gowza
Feb 20th, 2003, 03:01 AM
she is a huge prospect not only for australia but for the womens game.

louloubelle
Feb 20th, 2003, 10:55 AM
Originally posted by TS
Hopefully next time she *will* close these types of matches out...hope it doesnt become a habit, like some of her Aussie colleagues (past and present) have been known to do :o



She seems a bit more stronger and powerful than her colleagues, but it seems she'll have to get some consistency, judging by the times I've seen her.
However I hope this doesn't mean her flair will disappear. I was impressed in her match against Hantuchcova that she stepped up and went for it. Daniella didn't look impressed when Stosur smacked a couple of her 1st serves for winners. :D

TS
Feb 21st, 2003, 04:08 AM
Here is an excerpt from a TA article of Sam's match with Stevenson this week...

http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/tennisau/tennisau.nsf/272d1dc784604ec74a2568c50082ce7d/817645f382511e5bca256ccc00035fc5?OpenDocument#Febr uary%2019_0

Qualifier Samantha Stosur held set points against No.4 seed Alexandra Stevenson in the women's event but lost the two hour 13 minute match 36 76(7) 76(8). "I'm happy that I pulled it out," said Stevenson. "I haven't been able to do that in my last couple of matches, so I just dug deep. Now I want to win the tournament."

"The tie-breaks were pretty tight," said Stevenson. "I was up in both of them but I let them slip away. I just held on and fought hard. Those two aces [on match point] were definitely key."

Despite the disappointment, Stosur was gracious in defeat. "I had the match points but I couldn't do anything about them," she said. "She was just too good. She came up with the aces when she needed them and she showed why she's a top player."
Stevenson now goes on to play Japan's Saori Obata in the second round after she defeated lucky loser Vanessa Web in straight sets.
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lol, I think they mean match points not set points :p

Gowza
Feb 22nd, 2003, 11:01 PM
any news on where and when sam will play next? she entered into miamia but she is way off the qualiy list atm. i don't think she'll get in there unless she gets a wildcard and i doubt she'll be given one. so does anyone know where she is going to play?

TS
Feb 23rd, 2003, 11:18 AM
She is entered in St.Paul, Minnessotta $50 K next week, main draw :)

Gowza
Feb 26th, 2003, 09:42 AM
unfortunately sam lost 6-3 6-3 to shenay perry.

perry is a good young player but i'm pretty shocked at the result mainly because of sam's recent progress. she had a reall good chance at winning st. paul.

TS
Feb 26th, 2003, 10:40 AM
Very disappointing :(

But Sam is not yet the player where a win is guaranteed...sure she can mix it with some top players, but losses like this will still happen. Playing at a reasonably high level consistently is still a fair way off, but Im confident it's only a minor blip and she'll bounce back soon :)

TS
Mar 30th, 2003, 11:58 AM
Sam's 19 birthday today! Happy birthday kiddo! :) :D

Hope she can start stringing some wins together on the tough US challenger circuit...dont think she'll get a game at Fed Cup, unless Evonne puts her in a 'dead' rubber, even that's a great experience.

Vicky88
Mar 30th, 2003, 05:19 PM
Add me to the list of those who hope she can start playing confidently and winning those challengers matches. She really needs to get that ranking rising asap.

AUSBOY
Mar 30th, 2003, 10:59 PM
I had confirmation yesterday that Sarah Stone and Samantha Stosur are both dykes and were an 'item' so to speak. Well they were at least until recently, not sure whats happened the last month or so! :eek: :eek:

Stosur really should be playing only WTA qualifying events now, I think she is passed Challenger stage, she has the talent to beat top 50 players, she has shown us that with wins over Martinez, Webb, and nearly Stevenson this year!

Vicky88
Mar 30th, 2003, 11:50 PM
Problem is if she is unable to win matches in Challenger events it is unlikely that she will have the confidence to win WTA Qualifying matches. Having the talent and being able to use it are two different things. Let's hope that Sam can get her act together and string some good results together real soon.

Gowza
Mar 31st, 2003, 03:22 AM
some players find it easaier playing the top players than lower ranked players. iroda has the same problem. it takes time to get things right. but she doesn't seem to be doing much on the challenger level.

i hope she isn't just one of those players that does well in the australian part of the season and does nothing the rest of the year.

TS
Mar 31st, 2003, 04:47 AM
Simon...first she has to *win* some challenger matches to be past that level (and by challengers I dont mean the weak Aussie ones) ;) She should be beating the Vierin's of the tour not crashing to them in straight sets. Once those glitches are sorted out *then* she should try WTA qualifiers. I think she needs to cut her teeth in international challenger events first...

As for the Sarah thing...quelle surprise there :p

Vicky88
Mar 31st, 2003, 10:35 PM
Sam is up to 157 in this week's rankings. I am hoping that she is able to put together enough good performance to qualify by merit for AO.

TS, you make a very good point about what Sam should be looking to do. For me she needs to win a 25K Challenger at least to get that confidence to believe in herself, then she should try some tier III and IV before getting too stressed about the Grand Slams.

Jidkova is a good example of a player who has collected many points just by performing well consistently in the Challengers. It doesn't matter where or how the points are obtained, it's getting them that counts.

Gowza
Mar 31st, 2003, 10:53 PM
i think playing $50k and $75k cahllengers and some tier V's will do her good. in $25k's the competition really isn't that great of a standard and i think sam will need to play against harder competition. 50k's and 75k's have a healthy number of players that participate in tier v events but at the same time there are players that are of a lesser standard.

i agree that with her inconsistency she shouldn't worry to much about grand slams for now but at the same time i think she needs to get use to tough competition. thats why it would be good for her to move up the challenger levels. get a tournament win at a $25k and be done with that level and then try the higher levels.

louloubelle
Apr 2nd, 2003, 06:19 AM
More dirt on Stone and Stosur please!!!

Quite often the quallies for Tier IV and V's are easier than main draws for 25K and 50K. Stosur was a point away from beating Stevenson, after an easy quallie run in that US indoor tournie.

It would be nice for some girls to be a bit smarter in their scheduling, and try a combination of both levels. Stosur is in the 150's so a decent run at a few Tier IV and V's could have her pushing the 100 mark.

Gowza
Apr 2nd, 2003, 06:40 AM
louloubelle, i agree. but she does need to get more consistent and playing challengers is an option.

Auscas
Apr 2nd, 2003, 08:08 AM
From the info I have heard, this so called "relationship" between Sarah and Samantha was really a friendship which escalated into experimentation on Samanthas side due to overwhelming influence by sarah. Apparantly, Sarah became very manipulative, and kind of forced the situation for her own gain...i.e) get points up and have a free pass into the Australian Open!! Anyway, whatever it was it is now dead and buried...i think Samantha is kind of seeing a guy from the Gold COast anyway

TS
Apr 2nd, 2003, 08:26 AM
Hey welcome aboard Auscas :)

Yeah I've heard similar things...and Sarah has never fared well in all the stories I've heard.

Anyway thanks for the input, hope you stick around...never can have too much goss in here ;)

louloubelle
Apr 2nd, 2003, 11:49 AM
Now that's what I call DIRT. Thanx Auscas!

What other stories have you heard TS... don't be shy ;)

Sounds like Sarah should've been on Dynasty or Melrose or something!!!

Hope Sarah doesn't make a move on Christina, Nicole won't be happy.

TS
Apr 2nd, 2003, 11:59 AM
pfff, you should know Im never shy when it comes to this sort of thing :p

Well, from various people on here I keep hearing that Sarah had a hold over Samantha and was a bad influence, similar things to what Auscas said, that she was basically very manipulative! She doesn't have the best reputation our Sarah :eek:

Oh she doesn't want to go messing with Nicole...;)

AUSBOY
Apr 2nd, 2003, 12:43 PM
I know that Sarah Stone used Stosur to get one of her younger brothers a Coaches Pass to the Australian Open! She got Samantha to fill out the papers to say that her younger brother was Samantha's coach so that he had full access.

I think its unfair to say Sarah used Stosur for points! Stone holds her own on the court and actually won more titles last year that Stosur. Stone also won with at least 4 different players as well i.e Kriz, Mens, O'Riain, and someone else. The Stone family though are reknowned for sucking up to the more talented players!

They used to suck up big time to Alicia Molik, treating her like a princess! Alicia out of guilt asked them to her 21st thinking they would never come, but they caught the first available flight over to Adelaide and even had the nerve to stand up during dinner to make an unplanned toast/speech!

louloubelle
Apr 3rd, 2003, 07:04 AM
Thanx for dishing the dirt. I have new formed respect for Sarah Stone now :D

Is the breakup of this fling the reason for the breakup of the Stone/Stosur doubles combo??

Vicky88
Apr 3rd, 2003, 07:19 PM
anyone know where Sam is next scheduled to play?

Gowza
Apr 3rd, 2003, 10:50 PM
we should have an avatar for sam.

there are a few good pictures off this site:

http://users.cybercity.dk/~dsl43526/fotohtm/sto1155p.htm

Gowza
Apr 3rd, 2003, 10:51 PM
we can choose a picture here and then ask for the avatar after we've decided.

Vicky88
Apr 4th, 2003, 12:37 AM
I took a look and thought that photo 3, the one taken in March 2003 at Atlanta was the best.

Gowza
Apr 4th, 2003, 12:38 AM
the problem with the 3rd photo is that her name is spelt wrong.

Gowza
Apr 14th, 2003, 09:39 AM
sam next plays in the 50K Gifu Challenger.

good luck sam!

Auscas
Apr 17th, 2003, 08:31 AM
I think its federation cup in Spain next week isn't it??

Mattographer
Apr 17th, 2003, 01:56 PM
I think its federation cup in Spain next week isn't it??
Yeah

Gowza
Apr 30th, 2003, 12:42 AM
i think sam lost to helen crook 6-1 6-2 in the first round at the $50k gifu challenger event which is a really crap result for sam she should have won that match in that score not lost it.

louloubelle
Apr 30th, 2003, 03:12 AM
i think sam lost to helen crook 6-1 6-2 in the first round at the $50k gifu challenger event which is a really crap result for sam she should have won that match in that score not lost it.

Gowza if you got that off Paul's post in the Gifu thread - then he said that Crook won her first rnd QUALIFYING match 6-1 6-2 after being off a flight for only 90 mins. I checked the first rnd qual score and it was 6-1 6-2 also. Hopefully that's right. If not, sorry for jumping in!

Gowza
Apr 30th, 2003, 03:52 AM
louloubelle, actually that is where i got it mustn't have read the post very carefully. thanks for correcting me it's a relief really so go right ahead i don't mind.

TS
Apr 30th, 2003, 05:26 AM
lol you scared me for a moment :o

If Sam lost like that to Crook then she may as well retire :o Crook's a very good player on grass and she can certainly take it to Sam, but to lose that easily would be bad...very bad.

louloubelle
Apr 30th, 2003, 11:38 AM
Breathe easy!

STOSUR Samantha AUS d. CROOK Helen GBR 62 63

Gowza
Apr 30th, 2003, 12:17 PM
nice win sam what i expected. phew, i scared myself there for a bit, next time i'll read the post more carefully and we'll all live longer. thanks for the real score louloubelle

TS
Apr 30th, 2003, 01:59 PM
:)

Next up is Shelley Stephens. Ideally, Sam has way too much game for her but anything can happen I guess. Good luck Sam!

With this win I'm pretty sure Sam breaks the top 150 for the first time :)

Auscas
May 2nd, 2003, 05:38 AM
Sam has won her match against Stevens. Hope she continues with the good form. Disappointing she didn't get a run in a dead rubber at fed cup..oh well always next time

Gowza
May 5th, 2003, 11:40 PM
next up:

6-Samantha Stosur (AUS) vs. WC-Tomoko Yonemura (JPN)

in the $50K Fukuoka main draw

c'mon sam!

Gowza
May 9th, 2003, 03:36 AM
sam won her first round match 6-4 7-5.

in the 2nd round she faced another up and coming aussie lauren breadmore. sam won that match in quite a tough 3 set match 5-7 6-4 6-4 and now goes on to face maria elena camerin in the quarter finals. go sam!

Gowza
Jun 20th, 2003, 04:21 AM
how will she fair against davenport in round 1 at wimbledon?

hopefully her game will be on, if it is then i think she'll have a good chance at taking a set mainly because of davenports performance against farina elia meaning if davenport is playing better then i don't think sam has much of a chance but with her game she is always a danger and grass she also enhance the effectiveness of her game as it does with davenports.

TS
Jun 20th, 2003, 05:38 AM
She will unfortunately get slaughtered by Lindsay...