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Stosur relaxed for Australian campaign

AAP logoAAP 19/12/2016 Ben McKay

This summer, Samantha Stosur will be trying her hardest not to try her hardest.

Australia's most recent grand slam champion is preparing for a home campaign that has so regularly fallen short of the sky-high expectations of the sporting public.

Stosur hasn't won more than two matches at her home grand slam since 2010, a fourth round loss to Serena Williams that remains her high water mark at Melbourne Park.

But another summer gives hope that the much-admired 32-year-old will reach the second week of her home grand slam.

This campaign, the tactic is to relax.

"It's a matter of going out there and playing and trying to embrace it," she said.

"Sometimes it's been a little bit hard and you can try almost too hard to get this result.

"Like anything, sometimes when you try too hard it doesn't work.

"So it's really treating (the Open) like it's any other match and trying to let your best tennis come out."

Stosur was in her element this weekend, helping to hand out prizes for the national under-age championships held at Melbourne Park.

Showing her graciousness, Stosur volunteered to give up her weekend to hand out the trophies.

And it was there the world No.21 delivered a very affirming message to the competing teenagers; not to give up.

The late-blooming Stosur never won a youth championship and has just eight singles titles for her career - showing how much losing is involved in a successful tennis career.

After spending the bulk of her Australian-based training in Melbourne this year, Stosur will now head home to Queensland for Christmas and to prepare for the Brisbane International.

"This week I'll taper off and get everything firing on the court. It's been going well," she said.

"It'll be nice to get up there and get on court and be as prepared as I can.

"You can only do what you can do. Things have gone pretty well so far.

"Hopefully the next two weeks continue along those lines and we'll see what happens."

The 2011 US Open champion says she'll attack Christmas lunch with the same gusto as next year's campaign.

"I enjoy the day - there's only one Christmas Day every year ... I don't eat the three days before," she laughed.

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