What has also improved her tennis over the past couple of seasons is her work with Giselle Tirado.
"I think she played very well in previous rounds," he said. At the moment she's playing better than she did last year." Alexander described Stosur as having a sharp sense of humour and admired her work ethic when he was Fed Cup captain."It's kind of what I've done in the last month, it's not as if I haven't wanted to do it. I got her to understanding when to hit certain shots, when to hit cross court and the down the line. "Martina brought me into her group and gave me belief," she said.Now the time has come, it's just kind of happened." Fernandez, who's been on board since the US Open in August last year, says that Stosur has a "great heart" on and off the court. "Here was the greatest player in the world giving me help - that's when I thought I must be OK.At the end of November 2004, there were 844 lifestyle and dating sites, a 38% increase since the start of the year, according to Hitwise Inc.By 2007, many prominent studies show that Baby Boomer interest in online dating have soared."Her forehand volley shows the results of the work we did together. During Fed Cup camp, Alexander and those on the team had an in-joke.Whenever anyone asked them what time it was, they would reply: "The best time of my life." When Alexander bumped into Stosur after her first-round singles loss at the US Open last year, he quipped: "What time is it? Given a tennis racquet by a next-door neighbour at the age of eight, she has belted her way through the junior tennis world and, as one of Australia's most exciting prospects, will confidently step on to Melbourne Park's centre court today for her third-round match against Sybille Bammer. As her father Tony puts it: "Sam hasn't had an easy road." It started with the flood that destroyed her family home when she was a child, although, as fate would have it, it indirectly set Stosur on course to picking up a racquet for the first time. "And the carry-on that goes with it." Stosur was just six when she woke to find her family house destroyed by a sudden flood. Everything was damaged." The Stosurs were left with nothing.But under the guidance of former player Gigi Fernandez, Stosur now has a sound game plan and is brimming with self-belief, a combination some, including former Fed Cup captain John Alexander, have predicted will one day take her to a grand slam title. The family lost not only their Gold Coast home, but also their business. But as the water seeped and destroyed, it also created an opportunity for young Samantha.The family was so preoccupied with making ends meet that Tony admits they at first didn't notice Sam's rising talent for tennis. After a successful 2005, her goals for 2006 have been set higher.It was Daniel, who cared for Sam after school who watched his sister's talent flourish. "It was Daniel who, after about six months, encouraged us to get her a coach. "Hopefully I can get myself into the top 20," said Stosur, who is ranked 98 in the world. I've come to a point where I believe I can volley better. There just comes a point where you've got to back yourself in the matches. She was always trying to beat players at the baseline, so I got her to understand how to open up the court. But she knows now if she executes the plan she's going to beat a lot of players." Fernandez remembers when Martina Navratilova took her into her care as a young player.