Stosur captures 500th career singles win
Australia’s Samantha Stosur, the 2011 U. S. Open champion, won her 500th career singles match victory Tuesday, defeating France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 6-2 at the WTA and ATP Washington Open.
The 31-year-old second seed from Brisbane needed only 64 minutes to improve to 4-0 against Mladenovic and book a secondround date with American Irina Falconi.
“My serve set me up. There weren’t a lot of long rallies. Bing. Bang. It was over,” said Stosur, who had no clue about the landmark win total until well after the victory.
“Now that I know, (feels) really good,” Stosur said of her milestone triumph. “Five hundred is a lot of matches. Nice to make that and know you have had a pretty big career.”
The top Aussie on the all-time women’s match win list is Evonne Goolagong Cawley with 695.
In pondering her all-time top triumphs, Stosur went directly to her Grand Slam title run, which she won by defeating current world number one and 21-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams 6- 2, 6-3 in the final four years ago at Flushing Meadows.
But also drawing her attention was a three-set U.S. Open semi-final win over Germany’s Angelique Kerber, a three-set thriller over Russian Maria Kirilenko in the round of 16 and a third-rounder over Nadia Petrova she took 7-5 in the third after splitting two tiebreakers.
“Obviously the U.S. Open has been the highlight, not just the final -- a couple matches in there were really tight,” Stosur said. “And maybe the first time I won a final back in Osaka.
That Osaka title came in 2009 with a finals win over Italy’s Francesca Schiavone and after Stosur had recovered from Lyme disease, which sidelined her for parts of the 2007 and 2008 campaigns.
“A few matches I lost have been memorable,” she said. “There have been a lot of great moments. I’ve had those highs along the way and lows as well.”
Stosur, ranked 21st, is coming off her second title of the year, and the eighth of her career, on the Austrian clay at Bad Gastein.
“It’s a nice feeling to play well in those moments, in the finals,” Stosur said. “Winning tournaments, wherever they are, gives you a boost.”