US Open: Laura Robson upbeat about rehab from wrist injury
British hope Laura Robson is optimistic a wrist injury will not hamper her chances at next week's US Open.
Last Updated: 23/08/13 9:40pm
The 19-year-old Londoner made her grand slam breakthrough in New York 12 months ago with wins over Kim Clijsters and Li Na on her way to the fourth round.
She also reached the last 16 at Wimbledon this summer, but suffered a wrist injury warming up for her first match in Toronto earlier this month.
The diagnosis was a tear in the sheath around the tendon in her right wrist, which forced her out of Toronto and her next two tournaments in Cincinnati and New Haven.
Robson's only matches since Wimbledon came at a tournament in Carlsbad last month, where she lost heavily to Petra Kvitova in the second round, but she is encouraged by how the injury has reacted to a cortisone injection.
She said: "I hit one backhand and I felt it go. It's never happened to me before like that. It was a bit of a weird one but stuff happens.
"We'll see how it is when I play but I'm pretty happy with how my rehab has gone. It's still going to be taped but I'm hoping it will turn out well.
"I hit points for the first time two days ago and I was pretty happy.
"It's on my non-dominant hand so I've still been able to practise forehands, serves and volleys. I've been on a mini training block in Florida at Bolletieri's (Academy) so it's been fine."