Is Sam Stosur officially back?
After last week reaching the French Open semi-final – her first grand slam final four appearance since the 2012 French Open – there’s a buzz around Stosur that hasn’t been there in years.
Let’s hope it’s a sign of what’s in store for Stosur’s 2016 and beyond.
Her preparation and training certainly look solid and focused – as part of the Asics ‘Want It More’ campaign, Stosur has shared some insight into her match preparation.
So how does she get ready for a game?
“Sometimes it’s tricky preparing for a match, because in tennis often we don’t know when we’re going to play,” she says.
While she faced lengthy rain delays during the recent French Open, Stosur was able to focus not by pumping herself up, but by staying quietly low key.
“It’s more about finding that still space, so that you feel calm and clear with what you want to do out there.”
Train like everyone’s watching
Like a lot of players, Stosur is a perfectionist. She notes that whether she’s working on a shot or doing reps in the gym, it pays to get it right.
“If it means staying out there an extra ten minutes to do it ten more times, then you do that,” she says.
“I’m more about the little steps along the way, they’re the kind of goals I look to more,” she explains.
While it’s easy to get carried away and set tournament based goals, Stosur finds reward in the everyday challenges.
“They’re not necessarily big and exciting things to look at, but I think if you can’t tick those off, then you’re never going to reach that top one.”
Ultimately? It’s all about passion.
“I’ve always played tennis, and that’s what I love,” she says.
“I’ve always wanted to do that more than anything."