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Laura Robson the first to tumble out of the Australian Open

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It took just fifty minutes for 48th-ranked Laura Robson to be the first one to fall out of the Australian Open, losing to Kirsten Flipkens. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

MELBOURNE, Australia — Answer: Laura Robson. Question: Who was the first player to lose at the 2014 Australian Open. The 19-year old came out rusty and flat after a pre-season marred by injury, falling to a 6-3, 6-0 loss to 18th seed Kirsten Flipkens in a quick 50 minutes.

“Well, it took me a couple of games to actually win a point so it couldn’t really have gotten any worse,” she said about the loss.

Robson, ranked No. 48, has been struggling with a left wrist injury, which forced her to withdraw from her first tournament of the season, the ASB Classic in Auckland, New Zealand, and retire from her only match before the Australian Open at the Hobart International. “I prefer not to talk about my wrist because then it’s just going to become this massive excuse and whatnot,” Robson said. “Really she just played better than me.”

Robson lost the first nine points of the match before finally getting on the board in the third game of the match. It didn’t get much better from there. The lack of match play was evident against last year’s Wimbledon semifinalist Flipkens, who used her slice particularly well to wear Robson down. Robson spent much of her pre-season training in Florida under her new coach, Nick Saviano, with former college star Jesse Witten traveling with her to tournaments.

“Practice is a lot different to playing a proper match in Slams,” Robson said. “I would have loved to have had some more points beforehand, but that’s what happens sometimes.”

Next up for Flipkens is Australian wildcard Casey Dellacqua, who swiftly ended former No. 2 Vera Zvonareva’s comeback, beating the Russian 6-2, 6-2.

  • Published On Jan 12, 2014
  • 1 comments
    ChrisM
    ChrisM

    First off I like Robbie, and think she has great potential..BUT C'MON!  Explain to me how a WRIST INJURY keeps you off a treadmill or a bike, and apparently on the Ice Cream Diet???  She was SLLLOOOOWWW and lumbering, and clearly carrying some extra LBS.  Before the "body image police" get on me I want to remind you I'm not talking looks (Laura's adorable actually) I'm talking pure athletic performance, and you can;t argue against lean for speed and quickness.  It always floors me how some WTA players get away with "playing into shape" while if an ATP player came back from break carrying a pot belly he'd be SCREWED.