Sam Stosur celebrates her opening win at Roland Garros over Kristina Kucova; Getty Images

Training progressing well for Sam

Sam Stosur is progressing well in her comeback from a hand injury and continues to target the US Open in just a few weeks’ time.

Stosur, in Melbourne on Tuesday for an Australian Open Community Grants program announcement, told The Australian she was getting closer to a reappearance on the match court.

She started hitting again last week using low-compression balls; now she’s upgraded to the real thing.

“The (low-compression balls) are a little bit lighter and now I know what the eight to 10-year-olds feel like. It is so nice to be able to hit with those and it definitely helps,” she said.

“Straight away, when I went to the AO balls, they were a lot heavier and you could feel that force go through, so it is a nice, steady progression.

“It has been a slow recovery, a bit longer than what I hoped for, but I have been on court a lot more this week and I am really going to start trying to pick it up and start to push to get over to New York.”

Stosur still remains hopeful of playing lead-up events in Cincinnati and New Haven before the US Open, which begins 28 August.