Former British tennis number one Laura Robson has announced her retirement from tennis at the age of 28.
Robson has been plagued with injuries since 2014 and has undergone numerous surgeries on her left wrist and on her hip.
Having been inactive on the WTA Tour since 2018, her retirement comes as little surprise, and the Brit revealed she’s known her time was up for a while now.
“It feels weird to say out loud, but I’m done, I’m retired,” she said.
“I’ve sort of known that for a while because of what I was told by the doctors last year, but I think it just took me so long to say it to myself, which is why it took me so long to say it officially.”
She added: “I think I’m always going to have the feeling that I could have done more, unfortunately.”
Despite believing she may have achieved more, Robson nonetheless enjoyed a memorable career, so we’ve put together a list of her top five moments:
Junior Wimbledon champion
Robson competed in her first junior Grand Slam event at Wimbledon in 2008 as an unseeded player, aged just 14.
The teenager beat top seed Melanie Oudin en route to the final, where she defeated third seed Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.
Her victory made her the first British player to win the girls’ singles tournament since Annabel Croft in 1984.
Olympic silver medal
At the London 2012 Olympics, Robson received a wildcard entry alongside compatriot Andy Murray for the mixed-doubles competition.
The pair dazzled home fans at the All England Club and won three matches in a row to reach the final.
Though they eventually lost to the Belarusian duo of Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi, Robson still came away with an impressive silver medal.
WTA Newcomer of the Year
Despite losing in the first round of the Australian Open, French Open and at Wimbledon in 2012, Robson showcased her talent at the US Open that year.
The Brit defeated the legendary Kim Clijsters in the Belgian’s final match before retirement and followed this up by beating ninth seed Li Na in the next round.
Robson’s run was eventually ended by Sam Stosur in the fourth round, but she was later named the WTA Newcomer of the Year.
And her tennis was great, too. Will always remember the unreal forehand Robson hit to set up the final match point against Clijsters on Ashe. Beat Li Na the following round. pic.twitter.com/jx2cWWWsTb— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 16, 2022
The start of 2013 saw Robson reach the top 50 for the first time but she continued to improve as the year progressed.
At Wimbledon, the Brit reached the fourth round, beating 10th seed Maria Kirilenko in straight sets, as well as Mariana Duque and Marina Erakovic.
Her fine run ended after losing to Kaia Kanepi, but her performance pushed her up to 27th in the world –– the first time a Brit had reached the top 30 since Jo Durie in 1987.
Second ITF title
Robson won her first ITF title in 2008 but failed to win another tournament for eight years thereafter. Having struggled throughout much of 2014 and 2015 with injuries, the Brit finally ended her title drought in 2016 with victory at an ITF event in Landisville in the United States.
The following year, Robson won her third and final ITF title at the Kurume Cup in Japan.