Laura Robson is in a race against time to be fit to compete in the French Open and Wimbledon, as she fights to recover from a wrist injury.
According to The Times, the British number one will possibly have an injection in her left wrist, which would be likely to keep her out of action for six further weeks, which would see her miss the French Open but return in time for Wimbledon.
The 20-year-old has only played two matches this year, which were both played in January and ended in defeat, as her last contest was a first-round loss at the Australian Open to Kirsten Flipkens.
She had to retire in her only other match this year, which was against Yanina Wickmayer at the Moorilla International in Hobart in the build-up to the Australian Open, where she suffered a recurrence of the long-standing injury.
Should an injection not help to reduce pain in the wrist, then Robson may be forced to have surgery, which would be likely to rule her out for all summer tournaments and potentially the remainder of the 2014 season.
Robson, who reached the fourth round at Wimbledon in 2013 and reached her highest ranking position of 27 after the tournament, has seen her ranking fall to 62 in the three months that she has been out of action.
The next tournament the Australian-born player is scheduled to play in is a Women’s Premier 5 event in Rome in May, after Robson withdrew from playing at the La Princesse Lalla Meryem tournament in Marrakesh, which is scheduled to take place next week.
The injury for the former junior Wimbledon champion has stunted a period of progress which has seen her achieve a number of feats in the last two years.
She won a silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics for her performance in the mixed-doubles alongside fellow Briton Andy Murray, which was followed by some surprise victories at the US Open.
Robson became the first British female to reach the last 16 of a Grand Slam event since Sam Smith in 1998 when she reached the fourth round at Flushing Meadows.
She defeated Grand Slam winners Kim Clijsters and Li Na along the way, before losing to Sam Stosur, which was followed by an appearance in the final of the Guangzhou Open, making her the first British woman to reach a WTA final since Jo Durie in 1990.
She followed that up with a successful run at Wimbledon last year, and more was expected of her in 2014.
It remains to be seen though if her injury problems will prevent this year from being a success.
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