Having made her long awaited first appearance of the season at the recent BNP Paribas Open at the beginning of the month after a long standing issue with her wrist, Laura Robson continued her comeback as she took to the court in Miami. Despite losing out to Belgian Kirsten Flipkens in the first round of the tournament, there were still promising signs for Robson who had showed so much promise in her younger years.
In what was only her second match on the WTA tour since last August, Robson showed glimpses of her former self as she fought hard against her experienced opponent, before eventually losing out to the world ranking number sixty five. Having chosen not to take up the option to cap her ranking following the injury, Robson now finds herself at a lowly five hundred and fifty one in the world. However, the Australian born player will take comfort from an evident improvement in her physical development after such a frustrating period in her career.
With a packed schedule over the next few months providing Robson with hope of returning to somewhere close to her best, an extended run of pain free tennis could well see her rise up the rankings again. The summer of course brings a lot to look forward to in the tennis world, however perhaps no more so than strawberries, cream and a Wimbledon free bet as the worlds best once again battle it out at the All England Club in London. With bookmaker Coral offering Serena Williams as the clear favourite for the women’s title, the chasing pack will have to pull off something special to cause an upset.
Wimbledon of course holds happy memories for Robson who claimed the junior title at the age of just fourteen in 2008 before reaching the fourth round of the main draw back in 2013. Robson will have watched the performances of fellow Brit Johanna Konta, who reached the semi finals of this years Australian Open, with a hint of jealousy as she looks to reclaim her British number one crown. Having only become a British citizen back in 2012, Konta has risen to a career high of world number twenty three and is the 40/1 outsider for this years Wimbledon betting with Coral.