06/01/2014 05:50 GMT | Updated 23/01/2014 10:53 GMT

Laura Robson Injured, May Miss Australian Open

British number one Laura Robson's participation in the Australian Open is in futher doubt after she was forced to retire injured from the Hobart International.

Robson was playing her first match of the season against Yanina Wickmayer when a wrist problem forced her out of the ASB Classic in Auckland.

Robson was 'excited' for the new season

The 19-year-old won the first set 6-4 but, after serving a double fault to gift her Belgian opponent an early break in the second, she pulled out of the match.

It is a further setback for Robson ahead of the first grand slam event of the year which gets under way in her birth city of Melbourne on 13 January.

Prior to the match, Robson had told the tournament's official website: "It's going to be my first match for 2014, so I'm very excited.

"I haven't played a match so I don't know how it is going to end up, but in practice it feels okay."

A post on the tournament's official Twitter feed then indicated Robson's injury was a recurrence of the previous problem.

It read: "The official reason for Robson's mid-match retirement today was her wrist."