Robson’s ready to be patient

Laura Robson at SW19 this week
Laura Robson at SW19 this week
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Laura Robson had the world at her feet two years ago but finds herself back at square one and has warned Wimbledon watchers to temper their expectations as she returns to action.

Two years ago, Robson reached the fourth round and soared to a career-high world ranking of 27th, looking well capable of climbing even higher.

But severe wrist trouble struck, and after one comeback was aborted the 21-year-old has waited for the right time to hit the courts again.

She is convinced that moment has arrived. Robson will find it tough going at Wimbledon, where she starts against Russian Evgeniya Rodina, but the beauty of the situation is her acceptance of that fact.

“I know how well I’ve played and practised. But obviously it doesn’t always translate to matches, as you must know,” Robson said.

“My coach, my trainer, we’re all very patient. If I don’t play well, then it’s not the end of the world, because we all learn in tennis that there’s always next week.

“I’m injury-free, I think that’s the main thing.

“If it doesn’t work out after this tournament, I’m going to go play some challengers in America. It’s going to take a while.”

Those events fall below WTA tour level, with Robson essentially going back to the drawing board to re-sketch her career.

She missed Wimbledon last year and had been absent from the tour for almost 18 months before winning just one game in a qualifier at Eastbourne last week.

That is the form she is carrying into Wimbledon.

“To be honest, I would have preferred to start at smaller tournaments than this. My level is not at the point where it was before I was injured,” she said.