Sam Stosur celebrates a point en route to her third round victory over Sara Errani at the US Open; Getty Images

Sam targets bigger events in 2016

Success at the game’s most important tournaments is the focus for Sam Stosur as she prepares to enter the 2016 season.

The Queenslander failed to pass the third round at any WTA Premier-level event in 2015 and did so just once at the majors – she progressed to the last 16 at Flushing Meadows.

Stosur did win two WTA titles (Strasbourg and Bad Gastein) and reached two semifinals (Washington DC and Hong Kong), although these events were all International-level tournaments.

“This year I want to be maybe a bit better – whether it’s better prepared, or more focused or motivated – for the bigger tournaments. That’s important and where I want to do well,” she declared.

“I don’t expect myself to play my best tennis every single week and I’ve got to be OK with that.

“But it’s got to pick up at certain times and that’s what I’d really like to try and improve upon from this year.”

She said that aside from that, she didn’t typically set too many concrete goals heading into a new season.

While many players targeted specific tournaments or set rankings benchmarks, Stosur preferred to focus on ticking the preparatory boxes that would ideally lead to success.

“I never really say ‘I want to win a Grand Slam’. That’s just a nothing kind of statement to me – of course you want to win a Grand Slam, everyone wants to win one. So I kind of always think of what I’m going to do before that and then try to think about those process type things,” she explained.

“This season I kind of took a little while to get going almost, and when I got onto the clay that’s when I really started feeling like I started playing well and felt more confident about my tennis again. So ideally it would be good to have that feeling before May.

“I always know when I’ve had a good training, whether it’s a week or two weeks or whatever it is, if I’ve done the work in that time, I feel good about going into the next lot of tournaments.”