Laura Robson fighting fit

  • Last Updated: February 28 2013, 12:31 GMT

Laura Robson feels "as good as new" after winning her battle with the chest infection that contributed to her recent first-round exits in Doha and Dubai.

Laura Robson fighting fit

The British number two has been playing with the illness since London 2012, although it became more persistent at the start of the year and failed to improve after several courses of antibiotics.

Having consulted a specialist, however, and been given further medication, Robson is on the road to recovery.

"The chest infection is in the process of clearing up. I'll be fine for Indian Wells next month," the 19-year-old said.

"I've had another course of antibiotics - stronger stuff - and I'm as good as new.

"It's always tough playing when you're a bit ill, but it was my decision to play in Doha and Dubai.

"I'm still happy that I played, but it's been good to get back on the training court in the last few days."

It has been a breakthrough six months for Robson, who reached the fourth round of the US Open in September and the third round of the Australian Open last month.

But having helped Great Britain secure a World Group II play-off against Argentina in the Fed Cup, she went into sharp decline at the Qatar Total Open and Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships.

"It's very easy to play in grand slams when you have nothing to lose," Robson said.

"I played on some of the biggest courts in the world, which is always exciting for me. But some more consistency would be great.

"I want to be seeded at a grand slam this year, hopefully Wimbledon. That would make my life a lot easier and I'll keep working hard to make it happen.

"Things didn't go so well in the Middle East, but generally I'm feeling pretty good about the way things are going at the moment.

"I seem to play well in the US hard courts, so hopefully the next few tournaments will go well."

Once Indian Wells is complete, Robson aims to compete in Miami and Charleston, before joining her Great Britain team-mates for the Fed Cup showdown with Argentina in mid-April.

"It will be great to be back in the team environment. We had a lot of fun in Israel - and managed to win as well," she said.

"Playing Argentina in Argentina will be tough, but we'll give it our best.

"I had some good results on clay last year, especially in Palermo where I made the semi-finals. Heather Watson likes to play on clay as well.

"After losing in the play-off last year, we'll know what to expect and will be ready."

Robson is hoping her partnership with Virgin Active will motivate and inspire a generation of tennis stars, especially teenage girls who are known to drop out of sport at an earlier age.

"I'm really excited because I always said I want to get more young girls into tennis and keep them playing because quite a few of them stop early on," she said.

"Virgin Active are going to be opening loads of tennis courts around the UK. Hopefully that's what we'll keep doing."

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