In Johanna Konta, Great Britain’s quest seeking for its best women’s player looks to have finally ended. However, long before Konta arrived on the scene – which involved a change in her national representation from Australia to Britain in 2012 – the country’s hopes were pinned firmly on Laura Robson.
And, the two years spanning the 2012 and 2013 seasons were, undoubtedly, Robson’s best on the Pro Tour, despite her four-year nascence on the professional circuit. Starting with winning the silver medal in the mixed doubles (with Andy Murray) at the 2012 London Olympics to being acknowledged as the WTA Newcomer of the Year (2012) after having finished the year in the cusp of the top-50, before reaching a career high of 27th in the world in 2013, Robson seemed to have hit her stride.
But, as tough as the climb was, the slide was a shade quicker as injuries halted her progress abruptly for most parts of the 2014 and 2015 seasons. She has, then, spent the last two years trying to regain her lost footing. The 2017 Mumbai Open, the inaugural edition of the WTA 125k series in India, was then one more pit-stop for Robson to try and pick up the paces of her career.
Although she lost in the first round to the third seed Yanina Wickmayer in straight sets 7-5, 6-4 which brought a premature end to not only her campaign in the Indian financial capital, but to also her 2017 season, Robson preferred to look at the bigger picture about the way the entirety of her season had panned out.
“I am happy to get through [the season] with no injuries and no pains,” said the 23-year-old in a brief conversation with Tennis World, after her first-round match. “So, that’s one positive and so into next year, I can train really hard for the next couple of weeks and then start again.”
Robson, who stated that she will be beginning her 2018 season in Australia, will have an extended off-season Down Under as her Melbourne-based sister is getting married next week. At this point, however, Robson added that the tournament entry-lists would give a better idea regarding the specific tournaments she would be playing in January 2018.