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Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after winning the women's championship match against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Samantha Stosur of Australia reacts after winning the women's championship match against Serena Williams at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Sam Stosur: Top talent, top attitude, top guns

As we head towards Australia Day and remember this country's legends, our friends at Bundaberg Rum give you the chance to put forward your memories of our sporting greats. Hit us up in the comments field below and tell us your favourite Sam Stosur story.

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Queensland tennis star Sam Stosur has won over hoards of fans thanks to her undeniable talent, easy-going nature and hard-working attitude.

All quality attributes for a likeable Aussie sports person, but on top of all that, her biggest achievement to date was probably Australian sport's most memorable Grand Slam victory.

Sam became the first Aussie woman in 30 years to win a Grand Slam tennis singles title after toppling the greatest female player of all time, Serena Williams, in her home Grand Slam (the US Open), in 2011.

And what was equally impressive, she did it while remaining remarkably laid back, in true Aussie style, and rocking the best guns in tennis.

Even blokes were looking over to that dusty weight set in the corner of the lounge, ready to pump up their own puppies after catching a glimpse of Sam's impressive biceps. Those arms are legendary.

The most annoying part about Sam's arms of steel is they haven't been cultivated through long hours pumping iron in the gym.

Sam herself has said many times she doesn't even do weights for her arms and puts her biceps down to hitting a lot of tennis balls over her lifetime.

So there's the secret for all us feeling ashamed about our puny arms, stuff the sweaty weight room and hit the practice court for great guns.

Samantha Stosur went through what seemed like an overnight transformation at the rather late age - for a tennis player - of 25 and started to dominate on her own. (EPA pic)
Samantha Stosur went through what seemed like an overnight transformation at the rather late age - for a tennis player - of 25 and started to dominate on her own. (EPA pic)

The best part of Sam's story is that Grand Slam success didn't come easy; it took some monumental work.

Sam was known as a doubles player early on in her pro career. She won her share of titles, even reaching No. 1 playing mainly with American Lisa Raymond.

But in her quest to succeed in singles and earn some big bucks she went through what seemed like an overnight transformation at the rather late age - for a tennis player - of 25 and started to dominate on her own.

AAP pic

All of a sudden she started serving harder than most men, added a ripping forehand to her arsenal and gained court speed, endurance and muscle - plenty of it.

The big wins came, her world ranking climbed to as high as No.4, and so did the coin.

Yes, she lost the least interesting Grand Slam of the lot on that red stuff in 2010 but who cares. Sam smashed Serena in the US in straight sets. Beat that.

She is just so damn loveable in every way.

Her form and world ranking have dropped off recently but her great run over the best part of 5 years earns her the legendary status she deserves.

So cheers to Sam Stosur - Grand Slam winner and the woman with the best arms in sport.

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