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Sam Stosur bids farewell to tennis in tears after loss

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Sam Stosur said goodbye to tennis.

She and Matthew Ebden lost their first-round mixed doubles match to Demi Schuurs and Nikola Mektic on day six of the Australian Open.

After winning the first set, Stosur and Ebden couldn’t continue the momentum and eventually lost 4-6, 6-3, 10-6.

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An emotional Stosur offered a final on-court interview in which she thanked friends, family and fans for her storied career.

“It’s really hard to put into words,” she said.

“I can’t believe the trip I’ve had.

“To dream of being a child and to be able to finish here all these years behind in front of my friends, my family and the Australian fans who have always supported me, thank you very much.

“I love being able to do what I love and having the support of all of you is amazing, so thank you.”

Stosur is among Australia’s greatest tennis products, winning the US Open in 2011.

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Her doubles career included four huge Grand Slam wins, one at her Australian Open, one at Roland Garros and another at the US Open.

With the end of the road in sight, Stosur said he would miss the camaraderie of competing around the world.

“I was just talking this morning about everyone I’ve met,” she said.

Summary of the match: Stosur/Ebden – Schuurs/Mektic

“That’s what upsets me the most is not being able to go to all these tournaments to see all the people I love so regularly and have all these experiences with them.

“It’s just the joy of playing and I’ve been lucky to have the success that I’ve had and obviously that’s what we do it for.

“I’ve been very lucky to have the career that I’ve had and to have been able to do it in a way that I’ve always been able to enjoy it with the people around me.”

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