Wednesday November 6th, 2013

Most recently, Samantha Stosur lost to Simona Halep in the finals of the WTA Tournament of Champions. (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images) Most recently, Samantha Stosur lost to Simona Halep in the finals of the WTA Tournament of Champions. (NIKOLAY DOYCHINOV/AFP/Getty Images)

2011 U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur has hired Andy Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan as her new coach, according to Australian reports. Stosur, who finished the season out of the top 15 for the first time since 2008, split with her long-time coach David Taylor this summer before the U.S. Open.

Despite a disappointing season in which she struggled with her consistency and performance at the Grand Slams, Stosur finished the year strong. She made the finals of her last three tournaments, walking away with a title at the Japan Open and losing to Simona Halep in the finals of both the Kremlin Cup and the Tournament of Champions. It's a very positive hire for Stosur, who will begin her 2014 season at Hopman Cup with Bernard Tomic, before playing the Hobart International. Maclagan teamed up with Laura Robson after the teenager split with hard-charging Croat Zeljko Krajan during the clay season. Robson opted not to re-up their partnership.

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