Stosur out to end Brisbane tennis jinx

Laine Clark
Australia's Sam Stosur is upbeat about her latest crack at an elusive Brisbane International title

At 35, Samantha Stosur admits time is running out to end her Brisbane International jinx.

But the former US Open champion says she has not given up on finally giving Queensland fans something to cheer about as she enters her 21st year on the women's tour.

Stosur has been eliminated in the first round of the Brisbane International five times in the past six years.

The last time she reached the second round of her home tournament was back in 2016.

Not that the veteran had to be reminded.

However, Stosur said her horror record was not due to a lack of effort.

"You want that to happen," Stosur said of Brisbane International success.

"But sometimes when you want something so bad it doesn't quite happen."

But Stosur said she had been buoyed by a strong finish to the 2019 season in which she made the Guangzhou International Women's Open final and the WTA Finals doubles semi-finals with Shuai Zhang.

She now hoped the stage was set to finally live up to local expectations in what looms as one of her last cracks at the Brisbane title.

"The last part (of 2019) through China especially was really rewarding for me both on the singles and doubles court," Stosur said.

"It's always nice to finish (the year) with a highlight and going into the New Year thinking 'that finished well now I have to try and pick it all up again'.

"And besides who knows when I will be able to play here in Brisbane again?"

After carrying local hopes for so long, Stosur has no problem with the focus switching to Australia's world No.1 Ashleigh Barty at the Brisbane International.

In fact, dual grand slam finalist Stosur admitted she may take some pointers from Barty who is 12 years her junior.

"Although she is younger than me she has achieved incredible things in the last year," Stosur said of her compatriot.

"She is right at the top of the sport. I can probably learn more from her now than she could learn from me."