Daily Express

Kerber curbs fit-again Robson’s revival

- Nigel Clarke

LAURA ROBSON suffered fresh heartache as she was beaten 6-2, 6-2 by Germany’s Angelique Kerber on a disappoint­ing first day for Britain’s women. Robson, left, who has struggled with a wrist injury for two years, is at last pain-free but another setback means her bid to return to the top of the game is again on hold.

“It’s almost like I am starting a new career, and I want to keep on playing,” said Robson.

“It is so nice not to have any niggles and to be able to head for the practice court fit.”

There was just a glimpse of a silver lining for Britain’s Naomi Broady as she went out 6-2, 6-3 to Elina Svitolina of Ukraine.

Broady, whose brother Liam faces Andy Murray today, hit seven aces in her defeat and for every one she donated £10 to the foundation of Elena Baltacha, the British star who died of cancer two years ago. “I was just hitting aces for Bally and that was the only good thing about the match,” said Broady.

“The money will go hopefully to funding kids. But I didn’t play very well, I just couldn’t lift my game high enough.”

French Open champion and last year’s Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza beat Italy’s Camila Giorgi 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.

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