Laura Robson, who is trying to make a comeback after a wrist injury that has been severely influencing her career, has split with her coach Mauricio Hadad, a former professional tennis player from Colombia.
The lefty appointed Hadad in March 2014, but she has been sidelined for much of that time with nagging wrist problems that only started to fully heal in February of this year. Hadad was formerly the coach of Robson's compatriot, Heather Watson. She is being helped on a temporary basis until the end of Wimbledon by coaches from the JTC centres in Chiswick and Northwood, Colin Beecher and Lucie Ahl.
Both are former professional players, and Beecher last year had a spell working with Britain’s best young male, Kyle Edmund. He has also done extensive work with Andy Murray and was part of the coaching team behind the Brits' unexpected Davis Cup triumph last year. Since then her best win has been over Klara Koukalova, ranked 117, and her own ranking is still currently down at 308.
Robson needs results soon
While she will hope for a wild card into Wimbledon a key phase in her career is coming up as, after that, she runs out of privileged entries into tournaments afforded to players who have suffered long-term injuries. Robson played qualifying in Birmingham, upsetting top seed Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-1, her first Top 100 win in three years in the first round before losing to Katerina Siniakova 6-1, 6-3 in the second round.
The 22-year-old is best known for two significant wins: upsetting Kim Clijsters in the second round of the 2012 US Open in what would be Clijsters' final singles match and following that up with an even bigger win at the next major, defeating Petra Kvitova in the second round of the 2013 Australian Open.