2016 Aegon International

Robson returns first win for three year

Former British #1 briefly back in business on Tour

Laura Robson, the former Junior Wimbledon winner dogged by recent injuries, finally registered an overdue win on the WTA Tour.

The Australian-born Brit claimed her first success in the main draw of a WTA Tour event since 2013 with a comprehensive thrashing of hapless Ghita Benhadi at the Rabat Open in Morocco.

Robson overpowered the teenage wild card by breaking the Moroccan’s serve six times for a 6-1 6-1 triumph on clay that will have instilled much-needed confidence but dashed the ambitions of the 18-year-old.

The former British #1’s previous WTA Tour main draw victory was back in September 2013, prior to her long-term wrist injuries that required surgery and left Robson on the sidelines until her torrid comeback match at last year’s Aegon International.

Robson was torn apart by the then Russian rising star Dario Gavrilova, who has since been granted Australian citizenship, in their one-sided 1st Qualifying Round at Devonshire Park.

The success follows on from last week’s shock win over veteran Czech ace Klara Koukalova, who is hovering just outside the top 100, in Qualifying at the Stuttgart Open.

Robson’s reward was a 2nd Round showdown with Hungarian #5 seed Timea Babos, which proved to be too much of a tough task for the World #426.

She was outwitted by Babos, her lack of match fitness showed as she was defeated by clever drop shots and her footwork was appalling for this level as she fell 6-1 6-2.

But the initial win in Morocco has at least stopped the rot after recent opening round defeats at high profile tournaments in Charleston, Indian Wells and Miami.

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