Laura Robson vows 'not to swear so loudly' after microphones pick up expletives

The incident occurred during defeat to Caroline Wozniacki

British number one Laura Robson will try not to swear on court again after being caught out by television microphones as she bowed out at Eastbourne.

The 19-year-old went out of the AEGON International at the last-16 juncture yesterday as Caroline Wozniacki beat her for the second time in three weeks.

Fresh from defeat in the French Open first round, unforced errors proved costly to Robson as she lost to former world number one 6-4 6-4.

Frustrated at her failure to convert dominance into points, at one point television microphones picked up her swearing at herself.

Asked if she had anything to say about the incident broadcast live on the BBC, Robson said: "No. I'll try not to swear so loud next time.

"I don't think I did it loudly. It's just the microphones at the back of the court pick it up. But, yeah, I will try not to do it at all next time."

Robson cut a frustrated figure in the post-match press conference, although attempted to remain upbeat with Wimbledon coming up next week.

"I guess it was better than when I played her in Paris," Robson said.

"I definitely had chances and I got myself into a very good position in the points sometimes but couldn't finish it off.

"It is a bit disappointing, obviously, but better than Paris.

"In general I am hitting the ball well, I'm serving better. I thought I returned pretty well.

"You have to look at the positives ahead of next week. I'm going to get back to Wimbledon and have a good couple of days' practice before the first round."

Robson was one of four Britons to exit the tournament in the second round yesterday.

Elena Baltacha went the distance with world number 10 Maria Kirilenko just days after taking the AEGON Challenge crown in Nottingham.

The Wimbledon wild card looked like she could follow that up with a scalp against Russian, taking the first set only to bow out 4-6 6-4 6-3 over a tough two hours 33 minutes.

Heather Watson's loss was more convincing, falling 6-1 3-6 6-2 to Russia's Elena Vesnina on Court One, while in the men's singles 18-year-old Kyle Edmund suffered a plucky 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/3) defeat to second seed Gilles Simon.

"It gives you confidence," Edmund said. "He is 16th in the world and I got pretty close so confidence-wise it is massive.

"For me, learning and going up the ranks of tennis it shows where I can play and I have just have got to use this as a positive.

"I remember two years ago hitting with him in Stoke Park and he beat me 6-0 in a set. Two years on I got there and, although I am disappointed I lost, I am still pleased."

PA

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