Wimbledon 2015: Laura Robson targets the world's best

Robson falls to valiant defeat
Wimbledon 2015
Venue: All England Club Dates: 29 June - 12 July
Play: 11:30 on outside courts; 13:00 on Centre Court and Court One
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Former British number one Laura Robson believes she is capable of breaking into the world's elite as she continues her comeback from long-term injury.

Robson, once the world number 27, was knocked out of Wimbledon after a 6-4 6-4 defeat by Russia's Evgeniya Rodina.

The 21-year-old was playing her first Grand Slam match in 17 months, after returning at Eastbourne last week.

"I'm confident that I have ability to get back to where I was - if not higher," she said.

"It will still be a long process but I'm excited that I have another chance to do it. At 21 I have some good years ahead."

Robson reached her career-high mark in July 2013, dropping to 58th before being plagued by wrist and knee problems, but last appeared before last week at the 2014 Australian Open.

The Londoner suffered a 6-0 6-1 first-round qualifying defeat by Daria Gavrilova but, after proving her fitness, received a Wimbledon wildcard.

Laura Robson
Laura Robson hit 34 winners but also made 45 unforced errors

She reached the last 16 - a career-best - on her most recent appearance at SW19 in 2013.

Some questioned whether Robson should have played in a Grand Slam after such little competitive tennis, but she insisted it was a "no-brainer".

"This is my favourite tournament of the year - my home tournament - and I could not imagine not playing it," she said.

"The disappointment of not playing here for two years in a row would have far outweighed not playing in smaller tournaments.

"I would have liked to played more matches before but it wasn't possible."

After the defeat by world number 101 Rodina, she added: "I've got no pain, no physical problems whatsoever."

Robson's inclusion in the main draw at SW19 was the right decision, according to former British number one Anne Keothavong.

"I don't think anyone expected Laura to produce her best form today and she certainly didn't herself," the 31-year-old former British number one told BBC Sport.

"The fact that she was out there competing and chasing down every ball was the main thing.

"I know there was some debate whether she should have been given the opportunity, but she totally justified her wildcard."

Statistical analysis of Robson's return

Laura Robson
After 18 months out with injury, there were very promising signs in her opening-round tie against Rodina.
Robson's first serve has always been a strength of hers, and she used her left-handedness to full effect against the Russian as her first-serve direction illustrates.
She won 66% of her first-serve points in the match but, in stark contrast, her second serve was a big weakness.
The Briton double-faulted 10 times in the match only winning 28% of the points behind it.
Source: Hawk-Eye