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Laura Robson Wimbledon junior champ retires

Former Wimbledon junior champion and Olympic silver medallist retires at 28

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Laura Robson, former world number 27 and 2008 Wimbledon junior champion, has retired from professional tennis at the age of 28. 

The news comes after the Brit suffered multiple setbacks since an initial wrist injury in 2014, plus three hip surgeries in recent years.

At just 18 years old, Robson secured mixed doubles silver at the London 2012 Olympics alongside Andy Murray before reaching the fourth round of the US Open that year and Wimbledon the next after turning 19.

She told BBC Sport: “I went through every possibility of rehab and of surgery.

“I had another hip surgery and probably did the best rehab block of my life, went to all the best specialists and had some incredible people that I was working with just to get me back on court.

“And then the second time I hit, I just knew.

“It feels weird to say out loud, but I’m done, I’m retired.”

She added that while she knew she would retire since news from doctors last year, but that she needed time to come to terms with it before officially announcing her decision.

The former junior world number one announced herself to the world by defeating Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Li Na on her way to the fourth round of the 2012 US Open before falling to another Major winner in Sam Stosur there.

Robson then peaked at 27th in the world after her 2013 Wimbledon run, having upset 10th seed Maria Kirilenko in the first round before eventually falling to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi in the last 16.

 

 

Robson last played a professional match in April 2019 at an ITF 25k event in Sunderland, UK.

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