Stosur’s comeback one foot at timeOn 01/31/2019 by admin
Samantha Stosur says a five-week break from tennis gives her a prime opportunity to fire in the Australian summer.
Stosur opted to end her 2014 season early to get on top of a plantar fascia injury – just as she was hitting her straps.
The former US Open champion on Wednesday revealed the injury dated back as early as May, during her French Open run to the last 16.
Playing through the pain, Stosur repeated her Japan Open success in Osaka, a week after making the last four in the highly-ranked China Open.
The top-ranked Australian had the chance to head to Sofia for a tour-ending tournament but scans convinced her otherwise.
Instead of grinning and bearing it, it was time to retreat to the couch.
“I pretty much didn’t do anything physical and limited my walking for five weeks,” she said.
Stosur is now back at Melbourne Park, the home of the Australian Open, and reporting good news on the troublesome foot.
“I wasn’t too convinced it was all going to happen so quickly but so far so good,” she said.
More than just a physical break, the time away from the rigours of the tour have proven mentally refreshing.
“This is the longest time I’ve had in Australia for a very long time so it’s nice to actually feel like you have a bit of a break,” said the world No.22.
“And it gives you a good chance to really try and practice some things.”
For now, that’s on a clay court to ease the pressure on her foot.
But soon that will be on the hard court as she builds towards a return at the Brisbane International.
At that rate, that means challenging at the tournament that has been a monkey on her back: her local grand slam.
“That’s the plan and that’s why I’ve had time off,” Stosur said.
Stosur is one of four nominees for the Newcombe Medal for most outstanding Australian tennis performer of the year.
The 30-year-old already has three medals in the pool room but dismissed her chances of adding a fourth on Monday.
“I’m not expecting a win this time round,” she said.
“Nick (Kyrgios) or Casey (Dellacqua should), which is great for someone else to get the medal.”