Australian Open: Laura Robson beaten in first round by Kirsten Flipkens
Last Updated: 13/01/14 11:07am
Laura Robson: Lost to Kirsten Flipkins at the Australian Open
Laura Robson's Australian Open lasted less than hour as she was comprehensively beaten 6-3 6-0 in the first round by 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens.
The British No 1 came into the tournament without having completed a match this season because of a left wrist injury and it showed.
Robson's wrist did not seem to bother her during the 50 minutes Belgian Flipkens took to beat her 6-3 6-0 but she looked rusty and her movement was sluggish.
It took Robson 10 points to get on the board, earning a big cheer from the crowd on Court Three, who were behind the Australia-born teenager.
Flipkens was much more reliable in every department but Robson at least put her bad start behind her with three successive holds of serve before her opponent broke again to clinch the opening set.
From there things simply got worse for the 19-year-old, who made 32 unforced errors in the match compared to 12 winners.
The result will be a big blow to Robson, who reached the third round in Melbourne last year and has established a reputation for upsetting seeds in grand slams.