Sam: “I’m not happy with where I am”
World No.27 Sam Stosur is determined to scale the WTA rankings after ending 2015 at her lowest mark in seven years.
Stosur, a former world No.4 back in early 2011, finished three straight seasons inside the top 10 from 2010 to 2012.
She said she had proved her level of tennis was good enough to be ranked far higher than where she currently found herself.
“I’ve tried to not think about the ranking as much, probably because it is the worst it’s been for a long time,” she laughed.
“Then you talk to other players and they’re like, well you’ve had seven years in the top 30, it’s not that bad really.
“I’m not happy with where I am, and for sure that’s motivating to do better.
“I probably wouldn’t be happy cutting around at 30 in the world for the next few years if that’s where I was going to be.”
Stosur said that it was on the eve of the French Open that she had the realisation that her ranking was slipping into territory with which she had become unfamiliar.
She had reached the fourth round at Roland Garros the previous year and knew that if she didn’t do well in Paris, she was in trouble.
“I never really look at defending points, but I saw this (rankings) list, and then I was like, oh my god, if I lost first round at the French, I almost wouldn’t be seeded at Wimbledon. And I was like, no, that is not acceptable,” she said.
“So I went to Strasbourg, and really went there with the purpose of doing well, and I won the tournament so it was a really good outcome.
“I did not want to see my name down there, so I went and played another tournament (laughter).”