Laura Robson‘s road back to the top of the women’s game hit another stumbling block as she faltered to Tereza Martincova in the first round of qualifying at the ASB Classic in Auckland.
The former World No.27 is still climbing her way up the rankings as she aims to make a successful return from a left wrist injury that she sustained at the beginning of the 2014 season. After a year and a half away from the tour with that same wrist problem, which required surgery, she returned in the Aegon International in 2015.
Robson would continue to struggle to find a rhythm of matches and form that would prevent her from rising up the WTA rankings, but she managed to play regularly in 2016, which will feel like a breakthrough in itself.
Robson, who is currently travelling without a coach, would have hoped to have qualified for the main draw in Auckland and will be extremely disappointed to lose her first match having held four match points and unsuccessfully serving for the match also. The British player served her eighth double fault of the match in the penultimate point of the match to hand over the advantage to her opponent. Something that has been a considerable achilles heel for Robson throughout the course of her young career thus far.
It feels like an eternity since we witnessed Robson’s first grand slam breakthrough in the US Open of 2012 where she claimed two upset victories over Kim Clijsters and Li Na en-route to the fourth round that year. Now that Robson has had a taste of major success in this sport, she will be determined to get close to the lofty heights of four years ago and reestablish her place as one of the faces of British Tennis.
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