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Robson, healthy again, plans to return to full WTA schedule

by: Kamakshi Tandon | March 11, 2016

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Robson lost to Magdalena Rybarikova, 7-6 (3), 6-2, in the first round of Indian Wells. (AP)

Laura Robson has declared herself fit again and plans to return to a full WTA schedule.

The 22-year-old from Great Britain has been sidelined with wrist problems, but said she is "the healthiest I've been in a long time."

"I have to think the rest will get there," she added following a first-round defeat to Magdalena Rybarikova in Indian Wells.

Robson has been playing ITF Pro Circuit events since she came back, but said she would now play WTA events for the next few months and use her protected ranking.

Robson suggested her game is ready for the step up, as she is swinging fully at the ball again. 

"I’m not scared to hit it anymore," she explained. "I am getting a couple of miles per hour [serving] and [hitting] the forehand, even if it doesn’t go in. It’s that nice feeling of not being scared to go for it anymore."

She said she has not experienced any pain in her wrist since the beginning of the season.

The Grand Slam junior champion is now ranked No. 551, but is heeding the advice of former coach Nick Saviano.

"I can't keep trying to have the exact same things in my game that I had before,” she said. “…It's essentially a new career with a more experienced self. When I was playing at the 25K level and everything before, I didn't have years of experience behind me. So I'm lucky to get this second chance, but I can't keep thinking, 'Oh, but I used to be able to hit my forehand like this.' That's just not healthy."

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