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Former Britain number one Laura Robson announces her retirement from tennis at the age of 28 after an injury-hit career

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Former teen star Laura Robson has announced her retirement from tennis after undergoing three hip surgeries.

The 28-year-old burst into the limelight at the age of 14 when she won the girls’ title at Wimbledon and she peaked in the top 30 as a teenager but has been hampered by injuries for most of the last decade.

Speaking to BBC Sport, the former UK number one said: “I’ve gone through all the options of rehab and surgery.

“I had another hip surgery and probably the best rehab block of my life – I went to the best specialists and had some incredible people to work with just to get me back on the court – and then when I had the second Times struck, I just knew.

“It feels weird to say it out loud, but I’m done, I’m retired. I’ve known this for a while because the doctors told me last year, but I think it just took me so long to tell myself which is why it took so long to say it officially.”

With her natural punching power and big-match mentality, Robson quickly became a star and quickly rose through the senior ranks, reaching the fourth round at the 2012 US Open and winning an Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles with Andy Murray.

She reached the last 16 at Wimbledon the following season, achieving her highest placing of 27.

But a wrist injury began to trouble her later in 2013 and kept her away for most of the next two years. She returned in 2016 but failed to regain the same form as in her teenage years and failed to climb back into the top 100.

Her hip problems came to the fore in 2018 and she underwent surgery before making a brief return the following year, with her last game being at Sunderland in April 2019.

Robson went under the knife again later that year and for a third time last January and has now admitted defeat in her efforts to continue her tennis career.

“I think overall I’m a much nicer person after going through all this,” said the 28-year-old, who has started a new career in television and radio. “If I keep looking back and thinking ‘what if’, I’m not moving forward.

“I think unfortunately I will always feel like I could have done more. I feel like if I had only been healthy for a year or two I don’t know what I could have achieved.

“But I’m really proud of the Olympics, of playing in the Fed Cup – playing for your country in any way was always one of my favorite weeks of the year – and I think playing Wimbledon and the US Open was those time when i was good I will have those memories forever.”

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