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Robson on the mend after illness

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Originally published on: 27/02/13 00:00

Robson flew back to London last week to see a specialist about the problem after she was beaten in the first-round of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships by Yulia Putintseva. But the world No. 43 is confident she will be back to full fitness for next month’s BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells.

“The chest infection is in the process of clearing up,” Robson said. “I'll be fine for Indian Wells next month. I've had another course of antibiotics – stronger stuff – and I'm as good as new.

'It's always tough playing when you're a bit ill, but it was my decision to play in Doha and Dubai. I'm still happy that I played, but it's been good to get back on the training court in the last few days.”

Robson, who was unveiled on Tuesday as the new face of Virgin Active, reiterated her main target for the coming months – to break into the world’s top 32 in time to be seeded at Wimbledon.

“It's very easy to play in Grand Slams when you have nothing to lose,” the 19-year-old said. “I played on some of the biggest courts in the world, which is always exciting for me. But some more consistency would be great.

“I want to be seeded at a grand slam this year, hopefully Wimbledon. That would make my life a lot easier and I'll keep working hard to make it happen.

“Things didn't go so well in the Middle East, but generally I'm feeling pretty good about the way things are going at the moment. I seem to play well in the US hard courts, so hopefully the next few tournaments will go well.”

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