Sam Stosur was bothered by a hand injury during her fourth-round loss to Jelena Ostapenko at Roland Garros; Getty Images

Injury taking longer to heal than hoped, says Sam

Sam Stosur, who hasn’t struck a ball since going down in the fourth round at Roland Garros to Jelena Ostapenko, has had to delay her comeback.

Stosur was leading the Latvian teenager by a set before the injury began to affect her play, contributing to a three-set defeat.

She since skipped the entire grasscourt season and then withdrew from the WTA event in Washington DC.

“It’s certainly taking me a fair bit of time to get back out on court. I was hoping to be pretty much in full training and everything by now, but I’ve had to take another week off,” Stosur told SEN Radio’s The First Serve on Sunday night.

“I tried practising last week and was still getting a fair but of pain. So the racquet’s down again and I’ll give it a little bit more time; I’m going to reassess things on Wednesday and see kind of when I can start to get a racquet back in my hand and get back out on court.”

Stosur, now 33 and in her 19th season as a pro, insists she remains motivated to continue playing on tour and believes she can still produce a high level.

“I feel really great when I’m playing. I think the last couple of weeks – before I got injured – in Strasbourg and then throughout the French (Open) I proved to myself again I feel like I’ve got a lot of good tennis left in me,” she told The First Serve.

“I was playing really well and I was really pleased with the way I was doing everything out on court and setting myself up for a really good event (in Paris) and then obviously finished earlier than I’d hoped for.

“I’m really motivated; I think it’s probably natural throughout a long career to have a few dips and it kind of ebbs and flows a little bit. (But) I’m rally keen and eager to get back out on court as soon as I can and try and finish this year strong, and then really looking forward to next ear and whatever may come after that.

“Hopefully it will be an exciting time once I can get back out onto the court.”