Robson to miss Wimbledon

  • Last Updated: April 17 2014, 19:09 BST

Laura Robson has been ruled out of Wimbledon after opting to have surgery on her injured left wrist.

Laura Robson: Has been forced to have wrist surgery
Laura Robson: Has been forced to have wrist surgery

It is a major blow for the British number one and the tournament, with Robson's run to the fourth round last year providing one of the biggest stories of the fortnight.

The 20-year-old, who will also miss the French Open, suffered the injury in pre-season training and has not played a match since losing heavily in the first round of the Australian Open in January.

Writing on her Facebook page, Robson said: "I wanted to inform my lovely supporters that I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr Richard Berger.

"Dr Berger is very confident that I will be able to return to the tennis court pain free before you even have time to miss me. Although sadly, I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon."

Wrist injuries are among the most problematic in tennis and Dr Berger is the surgeon who has twice operated on Juan Martin del Potro.

The former US Open champion missed most of 2010 after having an operation on his right wrist and underwent surgery on his left wrist last month.

A torn wrist tendon also proved one of the most serious injuries of Andy Murray's career, with the Scot missing the French Open and Wimbledon in 2007.

Initially, it did not seem the problem in Robson's left wrist was too serious.

She pulled out of her scheduled first tournament of the year in Auckland and then retired mid-way through her opening match in Hobart.

But speaking before the Australian Open, Robson was upbeat, saying: "It was a bit of tendinitis, and there was a bit of a ligament thing in there, but it was kind of two different things.

"We thought after we saw the first doctor that it would be fine for Auckland. But then I still felt it a bit, so I saw another doctor when I got here.

"I just wasn't quite ready to play a match (in Hobart), and didn't want to make anything worse. It seems to be cleared up now. My wrist feels pretty good."

But Robson was clearly nowhere near fully fit in a 6-3 6-0 beating by Belgium's Kirsten Flipkens and headed home for further checks on her wrist.

The Londoner was given the all clear to practise again in February but the wrist continued to bother her and potential comeback tournaments came and went.

It is to be hoped surgery will put an end to the problem but missing Wimbledon will have been a particularly difficult decision.

Last year Robson climbed to a high of 27th in the world rankings after reaching the last 16.

She is currently ranked 64th and could well find herself outside the top 100 when she returns to action.

Robson is clearly hoping that will be in time for the US Open, where she made her major breakthrough in 2012 by reaching the fourth round, but it will certainly take time for her to return to her best form.

It has been an unfortunate couple of years for Britain's two best women, with Heather Watson still trying to recover the ground she lost as she battled glandular fever.

Watson has had an encouraging start to the season but is still ranked down at 121st, 82 places lower than the high of 39 she achieved last spring.

Laura Robson factfile

1994: January 21 - Born in Melbourne, Australia.

2000: Family move to the UK having previously relocated to Singapore.

2008: July - Wins Wimbledon girls' singles title at the first attempt by beating Thailand's Noppawan Lertcheewakarn 6-3 3-6 6-1. Becomes the youngest champion since Martina Hingis in 1994 and first Briton to claim the title since Annabel Croft in 1984.

September - Reaches semi-final of £40,000 ITF event in Shrewsbury where she loses to world number 105 Maret Ani.

October - Enters senior rankings for the first time at 550th. Makes first appearance on the WTA Tour at Fortis Championships in Luxembourg. Wins a set before losing to Iveta Benesova, the world number 42.

November - Wins first senior title at LTA event in Sunderland. Collects a cheque for £772.

2009: January - Beaten by Ksenia Pervak in Australian Open girls' final.

June - As a wild card, Robson loses in three sets to Daniela Hantuchova in Wimbledon first round.

2010: January - Reaches final of Hopman Cup event with Andy Murray, with Spain beating the British pair to the title. Loses to Karolina Pliskova in Australian Open girls' singles final but, with Sally Peers, reaches quarter-finals of women's doubles.

June - Loses in straight sets to former world number one Jelena Jankovic in first round at Wimbledon.

2011: Teams up with Paris-based coach Patrick Mouratoglou.

June - Reaches second round at Wimbledon after beating German Angelique Kerber, and loses in straight sets to Maria Sharapova. Parts company with Mouratoglou.

August - Beaten by Spain's Anabel Medina Garrigues in US Open second round.

2012: January - Wins three qualifiers before taking only two games off Jelena Jankovic in Australian Open first round.

May - Loses in straight sets to Medina Garrigues in French Open first round.

June - Reaches world's top 100 for the first time. Loses in three sets to former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in first round at Wimbledon.

July - Reaches semi-final of WTA tournament in Palermo, beating top-50 players Roberta Vinci and Carla Suarez Navarro before losing to Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova.

August - Robson teams up with Murray to reach the Olympic Games mixed doubles final. They lose 2-6 6-3 10-8 to Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka of Belarus, taking the silver medal.

September: Reaches US Open fourth round. Victims include former champion Kim Clijsters, in the Belgian's final tournament, and Li Na, before Robson bows out 6-4 6-4 to Australian Samantha Stosur. Backs it up by reaching her first WTA final, in Guangzhou, China, losing in the final to Taiwanese player Hsieh Su-wei.

2013: January - Secures a top-50 ranking for the first time, and beats former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova to reach the third round of the Australian Open, where she loses to Sloane Stephens.

May - Beats world number four Agnieszka Radwanska on clay in Madrid. Follows that up by ousting Venus Williams from the clay-court event in Rome, before losing to Serena Williams. Beaten by former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in first round of French Open.

June - Having parted company with coach Zeljko Krajan in May, Robson replaces him with Andy Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan on a trial basis.

June 29 - Reaches Wimbledon fourth round for the first time, following up wins against 10th seed Maria Kirilenko and Mariana Duque-Marino by beating New Zealand's Marina Erakovic. Ensures she will be the first Briton since Jo Durie in 1987 to have a top-30 ranking.

July 1 - Suffers fourth-round defeat to Estonian Kaia Kanepi as her Wimbledon campaign ends, losing 7-6 (8/6) 7-5 to the world number 46.

August 30 - Loses 6-2 7-5 to China's Li Na in third round of US Open.

October - Splits from coach Maclagan after four months.

2014: January 13 - Having gone into the Australian Open with no match practice because of a left wrist injury, Robson is comprehensively beaten in the first round by 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens.

April 17 - Announces she will miss the French Open and Wimbledon after deciding to have minor wrist surgery.


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