Samantha Stosur's 2017 season may have been interrupted by injury - but her win over Agnieszka Radwanska at the Hong Kong Open has given her a boost for next year.
The Australian came from a set down to beat the former World No.2 3-6, 6-4, 6-0 in October, and she says that reassured her that she could get back to her best after missing both Wimbledon and the US Open with a stress fracture to her right hand.
“That match in particular stood out because I felt I was back to almost the form I had before I was injured,’’ she said in an interview with Fox Sports.
“It picked me up and gave me a boost. The season ended a match later but I know I still have it in me.
“I came home and practised for a couple of weeks. I had a holiday booked and I didn’t want to have another month off after missing all that time due to the injury."
The 33-year-old will begin her 2018 campaign at the Brisbane International, and is hopeful that her form and fitness are both sound.
“I feel refreshed," she added. "I have five more weeks of training and there is a lot of time to get ready to have a good tournament in Brisbane.’’