Johanna Konta and Laura Robson, two British players who played at the 2015 Aegon International, have been awarded wildcards into next week’s Wimbledon.
Eastbourne-based world #139 Konta, whose impressive form on grass warrants been granted one of the second set of wildcards for the Championships, will be boasted by the news as she continues her assault on the main draw at Eastbourne.
But former British #1 Robson, whose woeful form at Devonshire Park on Saturday, is a major doubt to bring any Great British joy at SW19. It is a gamble by the All England Club given her dismal defeat.
The 21-year-old, who opted for a wildcard entry in the Qualifying event rather than the main draw at Eastbourne, was overwhelmed by Russian world #41 Daria Gavrilova on her return to the circuit following a 17-month absence due to wrist injuries.
And Gavrilova’s defeat in her next match put into perspective the 6-0 6-1 thrashing of Australian-born Robson.
The ex-Wimbledon Junior champion looked out-of-sorts on Court No.1 and had her confidence rocked by the hefty reversal in front of plenty of vocal support.
Robson, whose last match at SW19 was a 4th Round exit at 2013 Wimbledon to Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, said: “It was a victory to just be back on court and playing tournaments, so I’m very happy but still have the intention of winning.
“I still have so much work to do but now I know what I can do on court. I’m going to go back to Florida to train and play smaller tournaments rather than big WTA events like this straight after the grass court season. Wimbledon’s my home tournament, and it’s my favourite tournament of the year.”
Caroline Wozniacki, an ex- Eastbourne champion and former #1, practised with Robson.
The Danish ace said:”She’s in good spirits and has a good team around her.
”When you’re away from the Tour for a long time you get the hunger and she was definitely happy to be back competing.”