Australian Open: Laura Robson upbeat ahead of Melbourne Grand Slam

Last Updated: 11/01/14 10:56am

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Laura Robson practising in Melbourne on Saturday

Laura Robson practising in Melbourne on Saturday

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Laura Robson expects to be fit for the start of the Australian Open which opens in Melbourne on Monday.

The world No 46 has been struggling with a wrist injury and was forced to withdraw from a recent tournament in Auckland.

However, the 19-year-old is upbeat with regards to playing in the first Grand Slam event of the season.

She said: "It was a bit of tendinitis, and there was a bit of a ligament thing in there also.

"Yesterday I hit for the longest time since the end of the off season, which I was really happy with. I practised points yesterday and today and I will do again tomorrow, so I feel ready."
Laura Robson

"We thought after we saw the first doctor that it would be fine for Auckland.

But then I still felt it a bit, so I saw another doctor when I got here.

"I just wasn't quite ready to play a match in Hobart and didn't want to make anything worse.

Feels good

"It seems to be cleared up now. My wrist feels pretty good.

"It's just one of those things that a lot of tennis players have, and it comes with the territory."

Robson, Britain's only direct entrant into the women's singles, faces a tough first round match against the No 18 seed Kirsten Flipkens who reached the Wimbledon semi-finals six months ago.

Speaking about the Aussie Open, she added: "I've had some good practices the last couple of days.

"Yesterday I hit for the longest time since the end of the off season, which I was really happy with.

"I practised points yesterday and today and I will do again tomorrow, so I feel ready."

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