Samantha Stosur Interview - French Open, June 4

Posted on June 4, 2010

Samantha Stosur Interview
French Open
Friday, June 4, 2010

Q. Can you tell us whether Team Stosur has left Australia and how many have actually managed to get on the plane?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, I can tell you that at least mom and dad and my older brother have come. I thought my little brother wasn't coming, but now I've been told today he is on the plane.
So I have absolutely no idea, but apparently they get in tomorrow morning.

Q. A few years ago you were a doubles player, No. 1. At that time, did you think that you could be one of the best single players?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, I always was trying to become a better singles player through that whole time and had very good success in doubles. So it was just one of those things.
I thought I could definitely get better than what I was. Whether I ever thought that I'd be in this position, I don't know. I always would have liked to have been able to achieve what I've achieved.
So now to actually do it, yeah, I'm very happy with that.

Q. Back to your parents and your family arriving, what's it going to be like taking to the court knowing that they're there watching you? Because they don't always make it being in Australia and that far across the world to see you.
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, well, it will be great knowing they're there. It's a special moment no matter what happens tomorrow. They, I'm sure, didn't want to miss it.
But as for everything else, I've got to try and block everything out and just play the match. But knowing that they're there supporting me I think will be great.

Q. Are they indeed going to make it? They got on a plane or are getting on a plane? I know it's a long trip in a very short time.
SAMANTHA STOSUR: I think they have left. I spoke to dad quickly last night, and they said they were going to be coming. I said, When do you leave? He said, In five hours. My brother was still at work and whatever else. I don't know what's happened between when I spoke and now, where they are, but they're going to be here.

Q. Obviously you want to win tomorrow. I'm just wondering, is there also maybe a shared sense of accomplishment, satisfaction, joy, when the two of you step on the court because obviously the circumstances for both of you is somewhat similar?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, absolutely. I think it's going to be a great for both of us no matter who wins. I want to enjoy it as much as I can.
Hopefully we can have a good match and just make the most of it. Yeah, it's gonna be a day we're both gonna remember.

Q. Is there a moment when you say, I'm fed up being just a double player and I want to be one of the best in singles?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, I mean, I never was only a doubles player. I always played singles and I was always trying to be a better singles player.
I got this label of a doubles specialist and a doubles player because I had good success, but that whole time I was my goal was to do those kinds of things in singles.

Q. And why did you change to become one of the best singles players?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, like I said, I never had to change because I was always trying to do it. Just the last couple of years have really been a big jump from 2006, 2007 when I was in the final here of the doubles.
It wasn't like I made a huge conscious decision to go and change anything. I was just maybe a little bit more focused, and it just kind of went from there.

Q. Obviously if this was Melbourne it would be pretty mental around the place; you'd be struggling to deal with all the cameras and all the pressure. Does it make it easier and easier to focus on what is this magnificent opportunity you've created for yourself being so far away from home?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, I guess it does. It's pretty crazy as it is, so I couldn't imagine what it would be like being in Australia right now. Maybe that is a good thing. You don't see the papers and you don't walk around the streets and have people recognize you all the time and stuff like that.
But it's still obviously I know what's going on, but you're not right there in amongst it.

Q. On a totally lighter note, if I could, you have, shall we say, a fairly unusual name. Could you give us one incident, or what's it like living your life with that name, and is there a story you could tell us?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: As in my last name?

Q. Yeah, that's right. (Laughter.)
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, my grandfather is Polish, and it's a Polish name. Not really any funny stories. But I don't know, for some reason, a lot of Australian tennis players have come from a Polish background.
That's maybe just a big coincidence, but there is a big group of us with that history in our families.

Q. How encouraging has it been, the warm weather finally returning here, with all that it does to your game over the last few days?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, well, yesterday was the warmest day so far. I don't know what the temperature is going to be tomorrow, but it's pretty hot today.
Yeah, maybe that will be good for me. I think whatever the conditions tomorrow I've won in cold this week and yesterday was warm, so at least I've had a taste of both scenarios, I guess.
So I'll be ready for anything that happens tomorrow. But if it's sunshine, then it will be a nice day.

Q. Have you ever spoken to Caroline Wozniacki about your shared heritage? On a different subject, could you talk about what Dave brings to you as a coach? You've been with him for a while. Seems like a good coach.
SAMANTHA STOSUR: No, I haven't really spoken to Caroline because I don't speak any polish, so I don't want to embarrass myself speaking to someone who does.
Well, Dave, I've been with Dave we've known each or for a long time. He's been our Fed Cup captain for years, and privately the last couple years. I think from where my game was to now, you can't really compare the two since I started with him.
He's had lots of great experiences, and I really respect what he has to tell me on the court. We've become good friends, too.
I think it's a perfect situation. We work really well together. It's just kind of been quite a cool ride to this point.

Q. You've had an incredible run so far. Do you feel any more pressure buildup for tomorrow's final?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: No, not really. Not at the moment, anyway. Yeah, I know it's a final and everything else, and I've had some great matches up to this point. But none of those win me the match tomorrow.
I've got to go out there and try and play it like any other match, and go out there and play my game and try and block all those other things out.
Yeah, it's been really fantastic up until this time, so hopefully I can make it a little bit better.

Q. Yesterday you mentioned that you were a big fan of Patrick Rafter when he was playing. Did you have any contact with him about your success until now?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Yeah, he's good friends with my agent, actually. He's been sending a few text messages through. Yeah, it's nice to know that someone like him is behind me and willing me on.

Q. Some advices for big finals?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Oh, just good luck and best wishes and that kind of stuff.

Q. You just spoke before about retaining that focus. What will the next 24 hours entail? Are you going to sort of chill out with films, or what will you be doing?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: Well, practice a little bit. That's about it. Go for dinner and keep everything the same. Pack my bag and just get organized like any other match. Try to go to sleep tonight and wake up tomorrow and do the same thing.
You're not going to really try and change anything and say, Okay, I have to try and relax by doing this. I'm just going to have to do what I feel.
But, yeah, try and keep it as low key as possible.

Q. It was mentioned before obviously, you know, if this was Melbourne, all the other craziness is back home. Is that the reason why I guess it's been 30 odd years since Australians have had success at the Australian Open. We've won Wimbledon, US Open titles, as well, and obviously you're in the finals here at the French. Does it help a lot being away from home? And do you think that's been a factor even for other Australians in the past?
SAMANTHA STOSUR: I don't know. I mean, up until this point I thought I've made fourth round of the Australian Open twice, and they were great results for where I was. So I never felt like I had really performed badly at home. I always enjoyed playing at home and liked that experience.
Yeah, I know some players in the past have struggled with that and not had the best results at home. Not just Australians, but people from everywhere.
So I think it's just one of those things. Yeah, maybe not being right in all the hype does help a little bit.
But having said that, it would be incredible to do the same thing there. So you don't really it's hard to say why, but, yeah, maybe it does make a little bit of a difference.