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British tennis player Laura Robson retires

Laura Robson, a British tennis player who won junior Wimbledon at the age of 14 and an Olympic silver medal at the age of 18, has announced her retirement from the sport.

The 28-year-old reached the fourth round of Wimbledon and the US Open, rising to 27th in the world rankings.

Injury interfered, and she had wrist surgery in 2014, as well as three hip procedures in recent years.

“I went through every possibility of rehab and of surgery,” Robson told BBC Sport.

“I had another hip surgery and probably did the best rehab block of my life – I went to all the best specialists and had some incredible people that I was working with just to get me back on the court, and then the second time I hit, I just knew.

“It feels weird to say out loud, but I’m done, I’m retired.

“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.”

Robson was voted WTA Newcomer of the Year in 2012 after reaching the fourth round of the US Open and defeating Grand Slam winners Kim Clijsters and Li Na.

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