Samantha Stosur 'inching closer' to retirement following ninth consecutive loss



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Samantha Stosur 'inching closer' to retirement following ninth consecutive loss

2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur is inching closer to a retirement from singles. Stosur, ranked at No. 4 in the world, suffered a first round loss at the US Open. Anett Kontavelt, ranked at No. 28 in the world, thrashed Stosur 6-3 6-0 to progress into the US Open second round.

Stosur hasn't won a singles match since the Australian Open as she is on a nine-match losing streak. "I don't know. I don't know what I'm focusing on next year," Stosur said, when asked by AAP if she had player her last Grand Slam singles match.

"I'm going to play this event out as best I can. I still want to play next year a little bit. "It's one of those things I haven't really decided that yet. My ranking is going to decide a lot of that as far as the singles stuff goes and so we'll see what happens with January.

"But if that's my last singles match, then that's the way it is."

Stosur, 37, having hard time being away from her family

"It's very hard to be away from them, for sure," Stosur said. "I know I'm in the last stretch here.

It's my last tournament, but it's still a month until I walk in the front door." Being away from her family is not easy but Stosur insists they understand and are supportive. "It's been good," Stosur said.

"They've been super, super supportive. I couldn't ask for more. "It's been tough but I'm really glad I was able to come over here and play another couple of slams and hopefully finish on a high."

Stosur's campaign at the US Open isn't finished as she is also set to play in the women's doubles and mixed doubles event. Stosur has had a great career, winning Grand Slams in each competition -- singles, women's doubles and mixed doubles.