The comeback road for Laura Robson remains long and arduous after the former British No1 fell at the first hurdle at the Miami Open.
Two long years of wrist problems have placed a serious spanner in a future which had looked set for the stars following an impressive start to her professional career.
Defeat in her comeback at Indian Wells last week, however, was quickly followed up by a similarly brave display against Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, the world No65, who eventually powered home 7-6, 6-2.
It was only her second match on the WTA tour since last August and although she battled hard – Robson saved two match points before being unable to stem the tide any further – it wasn’t to be.
The Briton, however, emerged hopeful of what lies ahead even if her ranking currently stands at No551 in the world.
“It was a lot better level than last week in Indian Wells,“ said the 22-year-old. “I felt I was dictating the points really well and I had control of the game.
“It was undisciplined at times and I know it will get better the more I keep playing and getting in those positions.
“My wrist feels fine but I am disappointed to lose. I have to keep thinking long term, and continue to get better and better each week. Yes, this is disappointing but I will go to Charleston now and hopefully that will be better.
“Physically, I am good and hopefully it will stay that way. I am competing but I am just a bit up and down at the moment. It’s a work in progress.”
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