Laura Robson faced one of her weirdest opponents ever yesterday

Published Add your comment

Football News

Laura Robson was yesterday put to shame in one of the lesser known statistics seen in tennis matches these days - push ups.

The Brit was facing up against Rika Fujiwara, a Japanese qualifier, who decided that Robson wasn't proving to be enough of a physical challenge in resorting to some amusing exercises at several breaks in the play.

Among the bemused onlookers to the strange scenes was CoCo Vandeweghe‏, ranked 19 in the world, who tweeted: “Push up game strong for two sets.”

Robson herself replied after the match: “Honestly she did more push-ups in the second set than I've done in the last year.”

It could be argued that 864th-ranked Fujiwara, 35, maybe could've put more of her energy into her on-court performance - as she fell 6-1 6-3 to the British star at the $60K ITF championship in her native Japan.

Robson, who last year made her comeback onto the circuit after major problems with her wrist, disclosed at the turn of the year how seeing a sports psychologist has helped her in rediscovering her form this season.

She said: “I’ve started working with a really good guy but it’s not an overnight change, and he’s the first one to say that.

“You have to commit to this sort of thing. In the past, I’ve been a bit skeptical about it but I’m now at the stage where I’ll try anything.”

You can watch the strange antics in the video below.

Yep - not that normal.

Robson was tipped for great things in English tennis, but injuries hampered her progression, and ever since bursting onto the scene several years ago, she's failed to live up to the expected hype.

However, she's been in the headlines once again this week, but not really for the reasons she would have liked.

At least her opponent was getting fit during the game, in her own special way.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Laura Robson
Rafael Nadal
Maria Sharapova
Roger Federer
Novak Djokovic
Andy Murray

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport - Tennis Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again