Tennis News: Laura Robson, an Olympic silver medalist and former junior Wimbledon winner, has announced her retirement from tennis

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Tennis News: Laura Robson, the Olympic silver medalist and former junior Wimbledon winner, has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28.

Robson has not competed since an ITF tournament in Sunderland in April 2019, following wrist surgery in 2014 and three hip operations.

At the age of 14, she became the first Briton in 24 years to win the Wimbledon girls’ title.

“I went through every possibility of rehab and of surgery,” Robson told BBC Sport.

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

“I’ve sort of known that for a while because of what I was told by the doctors last year, but I think it just took me so long to say it to myself, which is why it took me so long to say it officially.”

Robson reached the fourth round of the US Open in 2012, defeating Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Li Na, and followed that up with a run to the same stage at Wimbledon the following year.

She earned an Olympic silver medal in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray at the age of 18 in London 2012.

When she reached her first WTA final in Guangzhou, the left-hander made history as the first British woman to play in a WTA final in 22 years. She peaked at a career-high ranking of 27th in the world, but has been plagued by injuries since.

Robson had wrist surgery at the start of the 2014 season, then hip surgery in June 2018 and again in December 2019, followed by a third operation in January of this year.

“I think overall I’m a much nicer person from going through all of that,” said Robson, who has carved out a new career in TV and radio. “If I keep looking back and thinking ‘what if’, then I can’t move forward.

“I think I’m always going to have the feeling that I could have done more, unfortunately. I feel like if I had just had another year or two of being healthy, I don’t know what I could have achieved.

“But I’m really proud of the Olympics, of playing Fed Cup – playing for your country in any way was always one of my favourite weeks of the year – and I think playing Wimbledon and the US Open was the time that I did well, I will have those memories forever.”

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