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Stosur eyes title

Stosur eyes title
By Eurosport

24/11/2006 at 16:18Updated

Australian number one Sam Stosur is looking forward to her two weeks off before returning to training in preparation for next year's Australian Open.

Stosur - who has just broken into the top 30 for the first time - has enjoyed a breakthrough year which has seen her reach the fourth round of her home slam, before losing to Martina Hingis.

The 22-year-old also continued her partnership with Lisa Raymond - which began in style in 2005 when they won the US Open title - to win another ten doubles titles including the French Open and WTA Tour Championships in Madrid and retaining their number one ranking in the process.

"The things I will remember from the year will be the ten doubles titles Lisa and I won and me building on my singles the way I did," Stosur told Australian newspaper the Courier Mail.

"Winning the French Open was unreal and being able to keep the number one ranking I got on February 6th all year was a highlight."

Stosur managed three wins over top 30 players during the course of the year but the one that she is the most proud of is beating Lindsay Davenport.

"Beating Davenport [was a highlight], being the first win for me over a top ten player. I'd struggled to win matches like that in the past," she added.

After the two weeks off Stosur will undertake two weeks of conditioning training Sydney with Giselle Tirado - formerly Martina Navratilova's physical trainer - before resuming full training.

"There's only six weeks between the end of Madrid and Gold Coast," said the Gold Coast native - who has worked with American Gigi Fernandez as well as Australian Davis Cup coach David Taylor in the past year.

"It would be nice to have more than two weeks, but two weeks will be enough and I'll work very hard with Giselle and I have a couple of options about a coach.

"I'm ok at the moment and I'm not stressed about what I'm going to do. Hopefully I'm getting closer to winning a title some time soon. It would be fantastic for me if it was the Gold Coast."

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