Stosur withdraws from Commonwealths

Eurosport - Tue, 27 Jul 10:09:00 2010

World number five Samantha Stosur has withdrawn from the Commonwealth Games to focus on the end of the WTA Tour season.

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With the rest of the top five women coming from outside the Commonwealth, Stosur would have been favourite to take the gold medal.

But in order to play in New Delhi the French Open runner-up, top seed this week in Stanford, would have to miss a premier event in Beijing and a second event in Osaka the week after.

Stosur is currently fourth in the race to book her place at the season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships, in Doha in November, but Justine Henin and French Open champion Francesca Schiavone are not far behind. Only the top eight women qualify for the event.

Australia's number one male player Lleyton Hewitt has already withdrawn from the Games.

Hewitt, who lost in the second round in Atlanta last week, led Australia's Davis Cup boycott of their tie in India last year due to security concerns and has again decided not to compete in the country.

There has also been speculation that Great Britain's Andy Murray and Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis may also withdraw, although nothing has been confirmed by either player.

Tennis is making its debut at the Commonwealth Games this year due to the immense popularity of the sport in India.

There will be five events held - women's singles, men's singles, women's doubles, men's doubles and mixed doubles - with the competition to be held from October 4-10.

Pippa Davis / Eurosport

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