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Laura Robson gets Wimbledon wild card

Laura Robson. Credit: PA

Britain's Laura Robson has been given a wild card to play in the main draw at Wimbledon later this month.

Robson reached the last 16 at the All England Club in 2013 but her career has since been ravaged by a recurring wrist injury.

Ranked 308th in the world, she has shown glimpses of a return to form in recent weeks but is still struggling for consistency, her best win this year coming against world number 117 Klara Koukalova.

The 22-year-old has been using her protected ranking, a privilege extended to players coming back from long-term injuries, to enter major tournaments but after Wimbledon she will have to qualify by right.

Fellow Britons Tara Moore and Katie Swan, the promising 17-year-old, have also been given Wimbledon wild cards along with Liam Broady, James Ward and Alex Ward in the men's singles.

Robson uses protected ranking to make French Open

Laura Robson will be one of seven British singles players in the main draw of the French Open next month.

The former British number one is ranked down at 465 but is using her protected ranking of 58 following her long absence with a wrist injury.

Robson last played at Roland Garros in 2013. Credit: PA

Robson had surgery in April 2014 and her progress has been frustratingly slow but the 22-year-old is at least free of pain.

Her only two victories this season were in qualifying for a small tournament in the United States, with her last tour-level win coming way back in September 2013.

Robson, who last played at Roland Garros in 2013 and has never been beyond the first round, joins Australian Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Naomi Broady in the women's singles.

Broady's only previous grand slam appearances have come courtesy of Wimbledon wild cards but the 26-year-old goes straight into the main draw after reaching 79th in the rankings.

World number two Andy Murray is joined by Aljaz Bedene and Kyle Edmund in the men's singles, making it the most British players in the singles main draws at Roland Garros since 1985.


Laura Robson crashes out of Wimbledon in first round

Robson has been struggling with a wrist injury. Credit: Reuters

The fallout from her wrist injury absence haunted Laura Robson at Wimbledon, inconsistencies in technique forcing a straight-sets 6-4 6-4 defeat to Evgeniya Rodina in the first round.

Service action shortcomings and overall rustiness put Robson on the back foot throughout, and the former British number one slipped out of SW19 despite boasting a far more powerful ground game than her Russian opponent.

Admittedly undercooked and eventually overwhelmed, the currently-unranked wildcard entry was unable to pull off victory in just the second match of her long-awaited comeback.

Robson receives wildcard into Wimbledon

Robson will play at Wimbledon. Credit: PA

Laura Robson has received a wildcard entry into the main singles draw of the Wimbledon Championships this year.

Robson's first match in 17 months lasted just 58 minutes as she was beaten in straight sets by Daria Gavrilova in Eastbourne on Saturday.

Robson, who has been sidelined since last year's Australian Open with a wrist problem, was on the wrong end of a 6-0 6-1 defeat by the world number 41 at the first-round qualifying event for the Aegon International.

Robson thanked her fans on Twitter for the support she received at the match.


British tennis player Laura Robson to miss Wimbledon

Britain's number one female tennis player Laura Robson has announced she will miss this year's championships at Wimbledon because she is due to have surgery on her wrist.

Laura Robson is set to miss the French Open and Wimbledon Credit: Jon Buckle/Jon Buckle Photography/Press Association Images

She wrote on her Facebook page: "I have decided to have minor wrist surgery at the Mayo clinic with one of the best wrist doctors in the world, Dr Richard Berger.

"Dr Berger is very confident that I will be able to return to the tennis court pain free before you even have time to miss me.

"Although sadly, I will have to miss the French Open and Wimbledon."

Laura Robson makes early exit from Australian Open

Laura Robson made a very early exit from the Australian Open in Melbourne this morning, lasting less than an hour in the tournament. She was beaten in the first round by 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens.

British number one Laura Robson made an early exit from the Australian Open. Credit: Press Association

The British number one came into the competition having not completed a match this season because of an wrist injury.

The result will be a big blow to Robson, who reached the third round in Melbourne last year.

Laura Robson crashes out of Wimbledon

Great Britain's Laura Robson loses to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round of Wimbledon. Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire

Britain’s Laura Robson has crashed out of Wimbledon after she was defeated by Kaia Kanepi.

The19-year-old, who was bidding to become the first British woman to reach the quarter finals in 30 years, went down 7-6 7-5 in the fourth round.

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