Laura Robson offers another comeback tale at US Open to warm the hearts

Ahmed Rizvi writes Laura Robson's return to form may not quite be as stirring as Juan Martin del Potro's, but it's special all the same.
Laura Robson in action during the Miami Open in March. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images / AFP
Laura Robson in action during the Miami Open in March. Clive Brunskill / Getty Images / AFP

It is probably not as stirring a tale as Juan Martin del Potro’s comeback from multiple wrist surgeries, but Laura Robson’s qualification for the US Open main draw must have surely warmed a few hearts.

Not so long ago, Robson was one of the brightest young stars of British tennis, earning that tag after reaching the fourth round of the 2012 US Open, where the Londoner, 18 at the time, brought the curtains down on Kim Clijsters’ career in the second round of the 2012 US Open and then knocked Li Na out in the third.

A niggling left wrist injury, sustained in training in the second half of 2013, however, has seen her spend lengthy spells on the sidelines since and the promising youngster’s ranking had slipped from a career-high No 27 in July, 2013, to No 964 by October, 2014.

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Robson is still outside the top 250, but for the first time in many months, things are looking up for the Briton, who has won eight singles matches on the trot, including three in the US Open qualifying as a wild card to set up an all-British first-round match against Naomi Broady.

“It means a lot and I’m really happy with how the last couple of weeks have gone,” said Robson, who had won a Challenger event in Landisville, USA, at the start of the month and was vacationing in Italy when got a call from her agent about the wild card for the US Open qualifying.

The holiday lasted a mere six hours, but Robson has no regrets.

“To win a decent Challenger and to get through some tough matches there and then three tough matches here, I feel like I’ve got a lot confidence right now,” she said. “To get through to the main draw is all I could ask for, to be honest. Now that I’m in the main draw I’m pumped about it.”

But more importantly, Robson, like Del Potro, is enjoying her tennis again as she had “lost the joy of playing a little bit” in those frustrating first few months of her comeback.

“It was such a grind for me trying to get through a tournament and stay healthy,” she told BBC. “I’m just enjoying it. If it works out, great; if it doesn’t, it’s not the end of the world.”

Sounds cliched, but it is true. You just have to look at Del Potro to understand what Robson means.

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Published: August 29, 2016 04:00 AM


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