Britain’s Laura Robson has faced many challenges during her career but the former British No 1 had to contend with a unique competitor on Thursday.
Having come through the early rounds of the Kurume Cup in Japan, Robson was pitted against Rika Fujiwara for the last-16 clash.
Not content with exerting herself on the court, Fujiwara, who is ranked No 864 in the world rankings, decided to fit in push-ups between points.
Rika Fujiwara was playing Laura Robson in $60k Kurume R16 today and her routine between points was… quite unusual. 👀
(📽️ via HuHu 👍🏼) pic.twitter.com/XlLxaqWxHc
— Ben (@TennisWinter) May 18, 2017
Fujiwara’s antics drew the attention of American tennis star CoCo Vandeweghe on social media during Thursday’s tie.
Vandeweghe tweeted: ‘Push up game strong for two sets.’
Former junior Wimbledon champion Robson replied to the World No 19: ‘Honestly she did more push-ups in the second set than I’ve done in the last year.’
Fujiwara’s bizarre tactics did not pay off, however, as Robson romped to a 6-1, 6-3 victory to book her place in the quarter-final.
World No 218 Robson defeated Miharu Imanishi 4-6, 6-0, 7-5 on Friday to continue her winning run in the tournament.
Culled from Mail Sport
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