Robson progresses to final qualifying round after tough opening game
Laura Robson progressed to the next qualifying round of the AEGON International, Eastbourne after a rain delayed qualifying match as she defeated Yifan Xu 7-5, 7-6, (7-4) in the tie-breaker to cap off a mixed day for the British players.
22-year-old Robson, and the British no. 7 was supposed to play American Christina McHale, but she had to withdraw because of a sinus infection, so Xu stepped in.
Robson took to Court One immediately after a battling Katy Dunne was knocked out by American Madison Brengle in straight sets, 6-3, and 6-3.
After seeing a battling performance from the 21-year-old Dunne, the crowd was hopeful, if not excited by the prospect of Robson putting in a good performance, and banishing the painful memories of her previous injury hit seasons.
Robson played well in the first set up until the stoppage, as rain swept across Devonshire Park. Her serve was at times on-point in the first set, and then other times Robson misjudged the length; but one area of her game which was constant was her forehand, as Xu often struggled with Robson’s power and accuracy.
It was a tight first set, but Robson prevailed and at the start of the second set, the Brit was playing some good stuff. But when the game was at 1-2 in favour of Xu, the doctor was called, and everyone feared the worst as Robson received treatment.
But after getting her thigh strapped up Robson carried on with her game; with her serving improving as it went on.
But after a tense tie-break the young Brit, who has had a dreadful time with injuries, finished off the job much to the delight of court one.
Robson's injury woes hit again as she is forced to retire
After a positive start for Laura Robson yesterday after defeating Yifan Xu, she faced American Madison Brengle for a place in the first round of the AEGON International but injury hit again as Robson had to retire after the first game of the second set.
The young Brit started the first set well, powering into a 4-2 lead through a combination of impressive serving and a competent forehand game, which Brengle was struggled to deal with.
At times in the first set, Robson’s serving was impressive with the ball finding the required target more often than not.
But with the game in favour of Robson at 4-3, Brengle won a decisive game after a back and forth deuce which swung the momentum to the American’s favour.
Brengle went on to dominate the first set, cruising to a 6-4 victory. But just like yesterday against Xu Robson’s injury woes looked to have returned.
Robson’s thigh was already strapped up from yesterday’s encounter; but after the first set today, the doctor was on again as Robson received physio at the side of the court.
And immediately after the first game of the second set in which Brengle won, Robson called it quits as another injury threatens to damage her comeback once again.