Weekend Gold Coast Bulletin

Stosur’s long-forgotten time capsule reveals early drive that propelled her to fulfil internatio­nal dreams

- JOE BARTON

WHEN she was nine years old, Sam Stosur wrote down some of the loftiest ambitions you’re ever likely to see from a primary schooler.

But when she walks out onto Ariake Tennis Park for her round 1 showdown against Elina Rybakina, Stosur will have shattered those prediction­s to the point teammate Ajla Tomljanovi­c has branded her achievemen­ts “rude and unrealisti­c”.

Stosur will fly the Aussie flag as one of just two Australian­s competing in the singles on the first day of tennis in Tokyo, and in doing so will become the first Australian tennis player to play in a fifth Olympic Games.

When she was in Year 5, Stosur and her classmates at Gaven State School on the Gold Coast were asked to do a time capsule – which was dug up nearly 20 years later and revealed just how determined the future grand slam winner was at a young age.

“My goals were go to an Olympic Games, win a grand slam and be No.1 in the world,” the 2011 US Open champion said.

“I’ve been able to do two of those three things, so when I was 10 years old dreaming of what life could be… it’s pretty remarkable.

“Looking back, I’m like ‘geez, what kind of kid was I wanting to do all that?”… but you’ve got to dream it to do it.”

Her achievemen­ts aren’t lost on Tomljanovi­c, who along with Ash Barty, will start her maiden Olympic tennis campaigns on Sunday.

“It’s just crazy and so impressive. What she’s achieved is incredible,” Tomljanovi­c said.

 ??  ?? Sam Stosur during practice in Tokyo.
Sam Stosur during practice in Tokyo.

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