Sam Stosur has announced that she will retire from professional tennis after this month’s Australian Open.

The 38-year-old revealed the news through social media on Saturday night.

Her decision comes almost one year after she retired from singles competition. 

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The five-time Olympian and eight-time Grand Slam champion is looking forward to concluding her career at her home tournament.

“I’m so excited to be back at Melbourne Park playing in my 21st Australian Open, but it’s with mixed feelings that I also share with you that this will be my last tournament,” Stosur wrote.

“I feel so happy and grateful to have the opportunity to finish playing at my favourite slam – my home slam – in front of my Aussie fans, friends and family.

“Even though I’ve made the decision to retire from the sport I absolutely love, a small part of me would be happy to keep playing forever.

“I know I’m going to miss playing competitive tennis, all the amazing experiences and emotions that come with being on the tour, and doing what I’ve done for nearly my whole life.

“There are so many stand-out matches, some against legends of the sport, that make me look back and think how grateful I am for my career.”

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Stosur reached a career-high doubles ranking of world No. 1 and a singles ranking of world No. 4, notably claiming the women’s singles title at Flushing Meadows in 2011.

Her US Open victory ended a 31-year major singles drought for Australian women.

Her focus will now shift to a final fortnight at Melbourne Park, where she will play mixed doubles with fellow Australian Matt Ebden and link up with Alizé Cornet in the women’s event.

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