Samantha Stosur, former US Open Champion, has decided to skip the remainder of 2020 after becoming a mother after her partner Liz Astling gave birth to daughter Evie last month amid the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the 36-year-old Australian tennis star has vowed to make a come back next year.

Talking about her decision, Stosur told Tennis Australia, "With the schedule coming up, with COVID, with quarantine and with all the other things that you're going to have to deal with, I've decided that I'm going to take the rest of the year off."

Enjoying Time With Family

The women's WTA Tour is scheduled to restart with the Palermo Ladies Open on August 3 after the COVID-19 outbreak forced the suspension of professional events in early March. The US Open and French Open Grand Slams are still on the 2020 calendar.

Samantha Stosur
Samantha Stosur Wikimedia Commons

"I'm going to stay here, enjoy being with my family, go through all those little milestones that Evie is going to have in the next six months and just really enjoy being home," added Stosur, who reached a career-high ranking of fourth in 2011 and defeated Serena Williams in New York for her maiden Grand Slam singles title the same year.

Striking A Balance

She hopes family bliss would work in her favor when she returns to playing. "Many players have done this same thing and I think the resounding comment is 'I actually played better and I enjoy it' and you come off the court and you don't worry about whether that was a bad loss, or whatever happened on court," she said.

"Probably help relax me a little bit more as well because there is something bigger and essentially more important than that one tennis match that you've just played," Stosur said. "I'm actually looking forward to that prospect and being able to play, do my job, come home or if we're on the road traveling, and enjoy those moments with her because I think that's something that's going to be very special," she added.

(With inputs from agencies)