After a positive start for Laura Robson yesterday after defeating Yifan Xu, she faced American Madison Brengle for a place in the first round of the AEGON International but injury hit again as Robson had to retire after the first game of the second set.
The young Brit started the first set well, powering into a 4-2 lead through a combination of impressive serving and a competent forehand game, which Brengle was struggled to deal with.
At times in the first set, Robson’s serving was impressive with the ball finding the required target more often than not, and when it came to the intricate details of her game she was playing some impressive shots from the baseline, and when the game found its way to the net she was producing some lovely shots.
But with the game in favour of Robson at 4-3, Brengle won a decisive game after a back and forth deuce which swung the momentum to the American’s favour.
Brengle, who defeated Katy Dunne in straight sets on Saturday, went on to dominate the first set against Robson, cruising to a 6-4 victory. But just like yesterday against Xu Robson’s injury woes looked to have returned.
Robson’s thigh was already strapped up from yesterday’s encounter; and after the first set today, the doctor was on again as Robson received physio at the side of the court.
And immediately after the first game of the second set in which Brengle won, Robson called it quits as another injury threatens to damage her comeback once again.