Laura Robson has been deemed fit to play in the Australian Open on Monday, saying that her wrist is in no pain.

Nineteen-year-old Robson had to pull out of her first round match at the Hobart International earlier this week with a wrist injury. However, she will play in her first round match of the Australian Open against world number eighteen Kirsten Flipkens on Monday.

Robson said in a BBC interview: "It's feeling good, I think day by day it's getting better.

"We've seen some really good doctors and I'm feeling good with how I'm playing.

"I'm hitting my forehand really well, which was the initial problem with my wrist, so I'm looking forward to Monday.

"I felt [the wrist injury] near the end of the off-season, around the middle of December, and
saw a doctor in Miami and it just didn't quite heal like it was supposed to, but it's all good now.

"No pain and I'm just really looking forward to playing Flipkens on Monday. It's going to be a tough one and she's a really tricky player."

Robson enjoyed her most successful year yet in 2013, making the third round of the US and Australian Open Championships respectively, including a win over eighth seed Petra Kvitova in Melbourne, as well as a fourth round appearance at Wimbledon.

She even broke into the Top 50 of the world for the first time. However, in October she parted ways with coach Miles Maclagan and replaced him with American Nick Saviano in November.

Due to this long running wrist injury Robson has struggled to put in the hours on court but is unfazed by her lack of match time.

"I always love playing at Grand Slams," she added. "It's going to be a tough one because I haven't had that much match practice this year, but I'm not worried.

"I've played points in practice and I managed to get a set-and-a-half in last week in Hobart, so that's not a big concern for me."


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