Stosur’s win great for Australia

Sam Stosur, the 2011 US Open Champion!

Sam Stosur, the 2011 US Open Champion!

I spent two weeks at the US Open, and each day my eyes were glued to the action on and off the court (including the scheduling nightmare that was the second week!). No matter which way I look at the tournament, to me, the story is Sam Stosur.

Her win over Serena Williams on Sunday comes after years of hard work and dedication and proves to everyone what determination and will can do for you. She was at a cross-roads in her career a few years ago because of an illness (Lyme Disease), but she didn’t let that deter her. Instead of throwing in the white towel, she fought back with all her might, spending many hours in the gym and also working on her technique. During this time off, she developed the big kick serve, which she can hit to both the ad and deuce court, and it has become a major weapon in her game.

In addition to her new weapon, the improvement in her physical conditioning has helped her stay in rallies much longer. She is able to hit the ball with heavy spin, forcing her opponent to move back and allowing her to take control the points. She was a true warrior throughout the tournament both on and off the court!

When looking back many, many years Australia has always been a leader on both the men’s and women’s side and they have had some of the best players that have ever picked up a tennis racket. Hopefully, Sam’s victory will bring new energy and excitement to young boys and girls and to the entire junior development program of Australia.

I’d like to congratulate Sam’s support staff as well, for standing by her side, including her coach (and one of my favorite students) Paul Kilderry. Congratulations to Sam on a fantastic tournament and good luck to you moving forward!

P.S. Don’t forget your good luck hotel, the Radisson on Lexington and 48th. They already have your suite ready to go for 2012!!

–Nick Bollettieri

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~ by Nick's Picks on September 12, 2011.

One Response to “Stosur’s win great for Australia”

  1. A real great win.

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