2016 French Open

Robson warms up for Eastbourne with Grand Slam

‘Forgotten’ Brit uses protected WTA Tour ranking for @rolandgarros

Ex-silver medallist aims to up her game at French Open

Laura Robson, the forgotten Brit, has been accepted into the French Open despite a world ranking of #465.

The Australian-born ace, a former British #1, has used her protected WTA Tour ranking of #58 to compete in her first Grand Slam event of the year.

Robson, made a disastrous comeback on the professional circuit at Eastbourne’s 2015 Aegon International following her long absence because of wrist injuries, has struggled this season and bowed out of the tournament at Stuttgart during qualifying.

The 26-year-old was badly beaten by the then Russian rising star Dario Gavrilova – who is now an Australian citizen and the #2 Down Under behind Sam Stosur – at Devonshire Park, crumbling under pressure in the first round of qualifying.

But Robson, who scooped an Olympic silver medal in the Mixed Doubles with Scot Andy Murray at London, had undergone surgery to her wrists in April 2014.

Robson (right) and Murray (second-right) at London 2012 with their Silver medals in the Mixed Doubles

After surgery Robson attempted to get match fit and made her return at last year’s high profile pre-Wimbledon tournament at Eastbourne with an appalling display.

Her performance was widely criticised by the media, and she fared badly at Wimbledon 2015 before deciding to concentrate on the lower tier events to build up some much-needed confidence.

Those tournaments have not seen Robson return to her best, having been crowned a Wimbledon Junior champion, and this campaign she has just two victories to her credit – both in qualifying for a small tournament in the United States.

If Robson returns to Eastbourne then it is likely that she still won’t have registered a win on the WTA Tour since September 2013, as she has yet to reach the 2nd Round at Roland Garros.

Three other Brits, all regulars at the Aegon International, have been automatically accepted into the main draw of the 2016 French Open. Eastbourne-based Australian Open semi-finalist Johanna Konta joins the ever-improved duo of Naomi Broady and Heather Watson in the women’s singles event next month.

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