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Australian Open: British hopes on Murray as Robson crashes out

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Robson out of the Australian Open (©GettyImages)
Robson out of the Australian Open (©GettyImages).

Laura Robson has been knocked out of the Australian Open in the first round to number 18 seed Kirsten Flipkens.

The Belgian player convincingly dispatched of Robson with a 6-3, 6-0 victory to move into the second round.

The British number one downplayed the idea that a niggling wrist injury had an effect on the match which lasted less than an hour.

Robson told BBC Sport: "I prefer not to talk about my wrist because then it's just going to become this massive excuse.

"Really she just played better than me."

This was Robson's first match since returning from the wrist injury which has stalled preparations for the Australian Open.

Robson added: "It's a tough one today, but everyone has those kind of days, and you have to just come back from them stronger."

The attention turns now to the men's side of the draw and a similar story too as Andy Murray will be doing his best to recover from back surgery to progress.

A favourable first round draw against the 112 seed Go Soeda will be a good indicator of the Scot's overall physical condition.

Andy Murray, speaking to The Telegraph, said: "Obviously I need to be pretty patient with myself and not expect too much.

"But you never know. I've done a lot of training the last few months. It's just I haven't played many matches."

The heat in Melbourne is expected to be a significant factor too as temperatures are set to soar to approximately 40 degrees celsius.

Murray also stated: "I'll have a better idea what I'm like playing five-set matches because that's also completely different to best-of-three, especially in the heat we're going to be playing in."

If the temperature in Australia does reach these heights then an air conditioned court with the roof closed is one possible solution organisers may decide to utilise.

Once again the hopes for British tennis success falls on Murray's shoulders.


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