Australian tennis star Samantha Stosur has decided to miss the upcoming 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. She is the latest favourite to miss this grand event.
Stosur is currently the number five in world rankings. She was expected to win a gold medal for Australia. Instead, she would focus on the bigger season-ending events on the main tour, sources said.
Tennis has been added to the Delhi Commonwealth Games because of its popularity in India.
The Indian attack will be bolstered by the star players like Sania Mirza, Mahesh Bhupathi and Leander Paes.
The Delhi Games clash with the prestigious China Open and conclude the day before Osaka Open from October 11. Samantha Stosur is supposed to play in those events to improve her rankings.
Hewitt has decided to skip the matches in India this time too. He missed the Davis Cup matches in India last year due to security concerns. However, Australia’s world number 81 Peter Luczak has consented to play in the Commonwealth Games. He is likely to be the men’s top seed.
The other high ranking players include, Scotland’s world number four Andy Murray and the 25th-ranked Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus. However, there might be some changes at the last moment.
In women’s category, the top players in the fray are: Canada’s world number 50 Aleksandra Wozniak, Britain’s world number 57 Elena Baltacha, Australian Jarmila Groth , Athens Olympic bronze medallist Alicia Molik, Anastasia Rodionova and Sophie Ferguson.