Laura Robson
Tennis player
Laura Robson
Laura Robson is an Australian born British tennis player, and is the no. 2 ranked female player in Britain. She debuted on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls' Championship at the age of 14. As a junior, she also twice reached the final of the girls' singles tournament at the Australian Open, in 2009 and 2010. She won her first professional tournament in November 2008.
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Murray brothers lead Britain's Olympic charge
Yahoo News - 9 months
Andy and Jamie Murray will lead Great Britain's bid for more Olympic tennis glory after the brothers were officially named in the squad for the Rio Games on Friday. After memorably winning gold in the men's singles by thrashing Roger Federer in the Olympic final at Wimbledon four years ago, world number two Andy Murray will defend the title in August and also has hopes of a medal in the men's doubles with his brother. The 29-year-old, who finished runner-up in the French Open last weekend, also earned a silver medal in the 2012 Games after reaching the mixed doubles final with Laura Robson and could compete in that event again.
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Laura Robson frustrated as former British No 1 forced to delay comeback again
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 2 years
Those who would love to see the lesser spotted Laura Robson back competing on a tennis court are learning that it is a question of hope trumping expectation.
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Early exits for Robson and Watson
Bucks Free Press - about 3 years
It took less than three hours of play at the Australian Open for Andy Murray to be Britain's sole singles representative after Laura Robson and Heather Watson both suffered first-round defeats.
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Australia's Stosur hires former Murray coach Maclagan
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Former U.S. Open champion Sam Stosur has turned to Andy Murray's former coach Miles Maclagan to help reverse her slide down the world rankings, Tennis Australia said on Thursday. The 29-year-old Australian, who has dropped to 18th in the world from fourth in 2011, failed to get beyond the third round at any of the year's grand slams and split with her long-time coach David Taylor shortly before this year's U.S. Open. Briton Maclagan joined Murray's camp in 2007 and helped the Scot develop into a grand slam contender before parting ways in 2010. He recently split with British women's number Laura Robson after a four-month stint.
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Tennis--Li wins another pay-back match to reach quarter-finals
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Larry Fine NEW YORK, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Li Na notched another pay-back victory at the U.S. Open, beating former world number one Jelena Jankovic 6-3 6-0 to advance to the quarter-finals on Sunday. The fifth-seeded Chinese, who overturned last year's defeat by Laura Robson by beating the Briton in the third round, snapped a four-match losing streak to the Serbian dating back to Paris in 2009. Former French Open champion Li cracked 20 winners and conceded only 12 unforced errors in a dazzling display, converting all her seven break points in a 57-minute masterclass. ...
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Robson fights wisdom tooth horror fears
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Facing down the world's top tennis players is no problem for British teen Laura Robson, but her courage is being tested by the need to have her wisdom teeth removed and horror stories from her peers.
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Li Na Avenges Loss to Robson in US Open 3rd Round - ABC News
Google News - over 3 years
IBNLive Li Na Avenges Loss to Robson in US Open 3rd Round ABC News Li Na looked like a Grand Slam champion, while Laura Robson looked like a promising teenager. The fifth-seeded Li avenged her third-round upset loss to the young Brit at last year's U.S. Open, winning in straight sets Friday at the same stage at Flushing ... Li Na rallies to beat Laura Robson, moves into fourth round of U.S. US Open 2013: Laura Robson beaten by Li Na in third roundBBC Sport Li Na Tops Laura Robson to Reach U.S. Open Fourth RoundBloomberg San Francisco Chronicle all 157 news articles »
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Straight Sets: What to Watch at the U.S. Open on Friday
NYTimes - over 3 years
Li Na, who has suddenly fallen in love with the volley, faces Laura Robson, who in addition to being one of brightest young talents on the tour is also one of the bigger hitters.     
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Li gets chance at revenge against Robson
Yahoo News - over 3 years
By Larry Fine NEW YORK (Reuters) - China's Li Na has waited a year for another crack at Britain's Laura Robson and got her wish on Wednesday as their second-round victories set up a third round U.S. Open showdown. Robson, 19, eliminated Li in the third round at Flushing Meadows last year. The fifth-seeded Li beat Sweden's Sofia Arvidsson 6-2 6-2 on Arthur Ashe Stadium court and Robson, seeded 30th, advanced with a 6-4 7-6 victory over Caroline Garcia of France, winning the second-set tiebreak 7-5. "After last year I think both players improved a lot. ...
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Laura Robson
  • 2016
    Age 22
    She was then given a wildcard entry to the 2016 US Open Qualifying Tournament.
    More Details Hide Details Straight set victories over Su Jeong Jang, Isabella Shinikova and Tatjana Maria gained her entry to the main draw of the tournament, losing in the first round to fellow Briton Naomi Broady 7 - 6, 3 - 6, 4 - 6. Robson plays left-handed, with a two-handed backhand. One of her strengths is her "dominant" serve. She has a strong game from the back of the court and is also noted for having an aggressive forehand return. However, she has been criticised for having "poor lateral movement", as well as an inconsistent second serve, resulting in a considerable number of double faults. She has been praised for showing "extraordinary poise", and having "the attitude and technique required of a leading player". Commentator Simon Reed said that she "has every tool she needs", and former Grand Slam champion Pat Cash called her "a special talent" who "seems to have all the attributes to progress". Current WTA player Ana Ivanovic said that Robson "hits the ball really, really hard", former top British player Samantha Smith said that "she doesn't have any weaknesses at all", and Serena Williams stated that Robson is an "all-around good player". Robson's favourite surface to play on is grass and her favourite shot is her forehand down the line.
  • 2015
    Age 21
    After receiving some further surgery on her wrist at the end of 2015, Laura Robson took some more time off from tennis and subsequently missed the Australian Open.
    More Details Hide Details Robson started off the year playing some American challenger events, with limited success. She made her return to WTA events by using her protected ranking to enter Indian Wells. Here she made a reasonable effort but ultimately lost to Magdaléna Rybáriková who subsequently went on to reach the quarter finals of the event. She also received a wildcard entry into the main draw of Miami and used her protected ranking to enter into the qualifying of Charleston but lost in the first round at both events. Robson later won her first WTA match since her injury in 2013, by beating Klára Koukalová 6-2 6-3 in the qualifying of Stuttgart. However, she lost her next match in qualifying to Océane Dodin in straight sets. She also claimed her first main draw WTA victory since 2013 in Rabat by defeating local wildcard Ghita Benhadi in straight sets. However, she later lost her next match to Tímea Babos.
    In July 2015 she played at a $50,000 ITF event in Granby and won a tough three-set match over second seed Naomi Osaka.
    More Details Hide Details However, she lost her next match to American qualifier Ellie Halbauer. Robson also reached the final in doubles partnering Erin Routliffe. In Gatineau, she retired from her first round match, generating fear that her wrist injury had returned, but Robson said that she had been hampered by a stomach strain she had suffered during practice.
    After an absence of a year and a half, Robson's first competitive match was at the qualifying draw of the 2015 Aegon International in Eastbourne in June.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to top seed Daria Gavrilova in straight sets. Robson was granted a wildcard to compete at Wimbledon, but she was defeated in the first round by Evgeniya Rodina.
    Robson did not enter the Australian Open in 2015 and subsequently left the WTA rankings, having not competed for 12 months.
    More Details Hide Details Robson planned to return at the $25,000 ITF tournament at Surprise, Arizona, but delayed her return and did not enter another ITF event in February. She declined a wildcard into the qualifying event of the Miami Masters in March. Her agent Eisenbund stated that she had not suffered a setback, and was "closer and closer" to a return.
  • 2014
    Age 20
    The surgery forced her to miss the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open, and although Robson initially hoped to be playing by the end of the season, she only started training in October, and did not play again in 2014.
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    Robson started her 2014 season at the Hobart International, where she had to retire in her first round match against Yanina Wickmayer due to a left wrist injury.
    More Details Hide Details Her wrist continued to affect her at the Australian Open, where Kirsten Flipkens defeated her in straight sets. After taking three-months rest from the tour, Robson underwent surgery on her left wrist in April.
  • 2013
    Age 19
    In October 2013, it was announced that Miles Maclagan's coaching partnership with Laura had ended and that she would be taking a couple of weeks out and starting the search for a new coach.
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    To start the Canadian Open in Toronto, Robson was due to play Yanina Wickmayer from Belgium on 5 August 2013 in her opening match but had to pull out due to a wrist injury.
    More Details Hide Details The same injury also led to her pulling out of the tournament in Cincinnati, however her ranking of number 32 meant that she would be seeded at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career, entering the US Open as the 30th seed. At the US Open, Robson returned after intensive rehab on her wrist injury and began her campaign against Spain's Lourdes Domínguez Lino, whom Robson had lost to twice previously. After winning a scrappy first set, Robson powered through the second at love. In the second round, Robson faced world number 75 Caroline Garcia of France, and won in two tight sets. Robson then fell in straight sets in the next round to Li Na in the same place they had played last year, where Robson had won. The fifth seed Li powered 11 aces to beat her 12-year younger opponent, Robson in straight sets. After a break of around three weeks, Robson returned to action at the Guangzhou Open, a tournament in which she was a finalist the previous year. She started strongly, with straight sets wins over qualifier Jovana Jakšić in the first round, and Zheng Saisai of China in the second round. She subsequently lost to another Chinese player in Zheng Jie, despite taking the first set 6–1.
    Robson started her US Open Series campaign on 30 July 2013 at the Southern California Open in Carlsbad being drawn against Ayumi Morita, whom she beat having come back from a set down in two hours and 40 minutes.
    More Details Hide Details Laura moved into the 2nd round faced with the World No. 7 Petra Kvitová from Czech Republic but lost in straight sets putting an end to her Southern California Open.
    She then participated in the 2013 Aegon International tournament (i.e.
    More Details Hide Details Eastbourne). In the first round, she faced Yuliya Beygelzimer in which she won in straight sets. In the second round, she lost to Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets for the second time in a row. In the first round of Wimbledon she was drawn against the number 10 seed Maria Kirilenko, whom she beat in straight sets. She beat World No. 117, Mariana Duque, in the second round on Centre Court. In the third round, she came from a set down to beat Marina Erakovic to progress to the last 16 where she was beaten by Kaia Kanepi. Her performance pushed her up to 27 in the world, the first Briton in the top 30 since Jo Durie in 1987.
    After several first round defeats at the start to the European clay court season, Robson defeated world number 4 Agnieszka Radwańska in the second round of the 2013 Mutua Madrid Open.
    More Details Hide Details She subsequently lost to former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the next round, having led 5–2 in the final set. Robson then made her debut at the Italian Open where she defeated Venus Williams in the first round but subsequently lost to her sister, World No. 1 and eventual champion Serena Williams in the second round. At the French Open Robson was beaten in the first round by former world number one Caroline Wozniacki in straight sets. To begin the grass court season, Robson entered the Aegon Classic tournament in Birmingham where she was seeded 7th. Despite the seeding, she lost in straight sets to the eventual champion Daniela Hantuchová.
    She followed this with her first victory at the 2013 Australian Open with a convincing straight sets victory over Melanie Oudin.
    More Details Hide Details In the second round she played former Wimbledon champion, and fellow left-hander, Petra Kvitová. Robson came back after losing the first set to beat Kvitová in a three-hour match, to set up a third-round meeting with Sloane Stephens. After stopping for several shoulder treatments, Robson was eventually beaten in two sets. After the Australian Open, Robson played six matches in Fed Cup competition that saw Great Britain earn a World Group II Play-off spot against Argentina. Following this success she went on to lose two successive matches, losing to Daniela Hantuchová in Doha and to wildcard Yulia Putintseva in Dubai. At Indian Wells Robson lost her first round match against Sofia Arvidsson in three sets. Her next tournament was at Miami. In the singles Robson reached the second round before losing to Alizé Cornet. In the Doubles Laura Robson was given a wildcard to play with Lisa Raymond. The pair reached the final, beating the World No. 1 pairing of Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci in straight sets in the semifinals, before losing to Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik.
  • 2012
    Age 18
    Robson's next appearance was at the 2012 Guangzhou Open where she beat the then world number 22 Zheng Jie and the number three seed Sorana Cîrstea on the way to her first WTA tour final against Hsieh Su-wei.
    More Details Hide Details This was the first WTA singles final for any British woman since Jo Durie in 1990. Robson was eventually defeated having saved five championship points in the second set and despite taking a 3–0 lead in the third set. The result pushed her ranking inside the top 70 for the first time. Robson qualified for the China Open and reached the second round but she lost to Lourdes Domínguez Lino in straight sets. At the HP Open in Japan, she was seeded 8th, the first time in her career she had been seeded at a WTA tournament. She reached the quarter-finals before losing to Chang Kai-chen in three sets, but the result ensured that she finished the year with a ranking of 53. In October, Robson was nominated for the Sports Journalists' Association Sportswoman of the Year. In November, along with Heather Watson, won "Young Sportswoman of the Year" at the 2012 Sunday Times Sportswomen of the Year Awards. Robson was also nominated for WTA "Newcomer of the Year" and William Hill "Sportswoman of the Year" in November, winning the former award.
    Robson had direct entry to the main draw of the 2012 US Open from her WTA ranking, where she defeated Samantha Crawford in the first round.
    More Details Hide Details In the second round she defeated former US Open Champion Kim Clijsters in Clijsters' final singles match before her retirement. Robson consequently reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time in her career and joined Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams, Amélie Mauresmo and Justine Henin as one of the only six people to beat Clijsters at the US Open championships, and the first player to beat her there since 2003. She followed up her performance with her first victory over a top ten player, beating 9th seed Li Na in the third round in three sets. Robson became the first female British tennis player to reach this stage of a Grand Slam tournament since Samantha Smith reached the fourth round of Wimbledon 14 years previously, but she was defeated by defending champion Stosur, ending her best run at a Grand Slam tournament to date.
    She received a late place into the women's singles at the 2012 Olympics due to the withdrawal of Croatian Petra Martić.
    More Details Hide Details In her first round match, she beat the world number 22 Lucie Šafářová in straight sets, setting up a second round encounter with Maria Sharapova. She lost to the Russian world number 3 in a tightly contested match. She also competed in the doubles competition with Heather Watson, losing in the first round to the German pairing of Angelique Kerber and Sabine Lisicki. She then received a wildcard entry into the mixed doubles with Andy Murray. They were drawn against Czech pair Lucie Hradecká and Radek Štěpánek in the first round and won in three sets. In the second round the pair beat the Australian duo of Lleyton Hewitt and Samantha Stosur, and reached the final by beating Germans Sabine Lisicki and Christopher Kas, where they were beaten by the Belarusian pair Victoria Azarenka and Max Mirnyi.
    Robson then received a wild card to enter the main draw of the 2012 Swedish Open but lost her first match against Anabel Medina Garrigues.
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    After a second round showing at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham (lost to Marina Erakovic), Robson came through qualifying at the 2012 Aegon International.
    More Details Hide Details She reached the second round before losing to Ekaterina Makarova. However, the result helped Robson break into the top 100 for the first time in her career. In the first round of Wimbledon, Robson lost to Francesca Schiavone in three sets. Immediately after Wimbledon, Robson entered the XXV Italiacom Open in Palermo where she reached her first ever WTA semifinal. After beating the world number 240 Valentyna Ivakhnenko for the loss of just one game in the first round, she shocked the number 2 seed and world number 27, Roberta Vinci in straight sets to reach her first ever WTA quarter final. She continued her good form in the quarter final, where she emerged victorious against the world number 41 and number 5 seed Carla Suárez Navarro in three sets. However, her run came to an end when she lost in the semi finals to Barbora Záhlavová-Strýcová in three sets.
    Robson lost in the third round of qualifying for the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros.
    More Details Hide Details However she got a place in the first round of the main draw as a lucky loser when Sílvia Soler Espinosa withdrew, but then lost her first round match to clay-court specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues.
    Robson and Watson did not need to play the play-off match against Austria as Anne Keothavong and Elena Baltacha won their singles rubbers, and the 2–0 lead qualified the team for a place in the World Group II promotion play-off in April 2012.
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    Robson was selected for the first time in her career to be a member of the GB Fed Cup Team to play in the Europe/Africa Group 1 match at Eilat, Israel, on 1–4 February 2012.
    More Details Hide Details In the group stages she played doubles with Heather Watson, defeating pairs from Portugal, Netherlands and Israel in the group stages.
    Robson came through three rounds of qualifying at the 2012 Australian Open, beating Melanie Oudin, Anna Floris and Olga Savchuk to advance to the main draw for the first time.
    More Details Hide Details She lost to 13th seed Jelena Janković in the first round.
  • 2011
    Age 17
    On 21 September Robson announced that she was to split with her coach Martijn Bok, as Bok was unwilling to meet her more demanding 2011 tour schedule.
    More Details Hide Details Robson next competed in the Toray Pan Pacific Open. She beat world number 57 Anastasija Sevastova in the first round of qualifying and reached the main draw by beating world number 100 Simona Halep. She was defeated in the first round of the main draw by the experienced 31-year-old player Gréta Arn.
    Returning again at the end of April 2011, Robson's best performance to date came at the $50,000 tournament at Indian Harbor Beach, Florida, where she reached the semifinal.
    More Details Hide Details Robson split from Mouratoglou just before Wimbledon. Robson then won her first match at a Grand Slam as she defeated Angelique Kerber, but lost to Maria Sharapova in the second round. At the US Open, Robson won her three qualifying matches to advance into the main draw. In the first round of the main draw, she was leading when her opponent, Ayumi Morita, retired from the match. She was then beaten by Anabel Medina Garrigues.
    Her season was disrupted by injury at the 2011 Hopman Cup and she did not compete in a tournament until March 2011; her comeback was then delayed for a further month by an injury in her second competition.
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    For 2011 Robson hired a new coach, Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou, and moved her working base to Paris.
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  • 2010
    Age 16
    Robson's next competitive match did not come till the end of August 2010, when she entered the qualifying tournament for the 2010 US Open.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round she shocked second seed Jelena Dokić. She beat Vesna Manasieva, but lost in the third round to Nuria Llagostera Vives.
    Robson began 2010 playing with Andy Murray in the Hopman Cup, as part of Great Britain's first team in the tournament since 1992.
    More Details Hide Details She lost her opening match to Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan. Later in the day she won the mixed doubles match against Kazakhstan, partnering with Murray to secure a win. Robson was defeated by Germany's Sabine Lisicki but won the mixed doubles against Germany. Robson and Murray defeated Russia to advance to the finals. Despite her first win of the tournament against world no. 26 María José Martínez Sánchez of Spain, Robson and Murray lost to Spain's Martínez Sánchez and Tommy Robredo in a very close match. Robson was granted a wild card in the qualifying draw for the women's singles of the Australian Open. In her first match, she defeated Sophie Ferguson of Australia. In her second match she lost to Michaëlla Krajicek of the Netherlands. Robson, however, received a Wildcard into the main draw of the doubles, partnering Sally Peers. They defeated Craybas and Spears to set up a second round clash with the twelfth seeds Chuang Chia-jung and Květa Peschke, who they beat in straight sets. Peers and Robson won their third round clash with Vera Dushevina of Russia and Anastasia Rodionova of Australia to advance to the quarter-finals, before falling to the number 15 seeds, Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwańska.
  • 2009
    Age 15
    In August 2009, Robson received a wild card into the 2009 US Open qualifying tournament.
    More Details Hide Details She defeated Stéphanie Foretz of France in the first round in straight sets, and went on to beat Anikó Kapros of Hungary. In the final round, she lost to Eva Hrdinová, after leading 4–1 in the third set. On 17 October, Robson entered the qualifying draw at the Luxembourg Open. In the first round of qualifying she defeated world number 180 Zuzana Ondrášková. In the second round of qualifying she defeated Julia Görges, the world number 79. In the final round of qualifying she lost to Maria Elena Camerin. On 10 November, Robson beat Yuliya Beygelzimer in the first round of the Minsk ITF competition. She defeated Tetyana Arefyeva in the second round but was defeated in the quarter-finals by Vitalia Diatchenko.
    On 9 June, Wimbledon announced that Robson received a wildcard for the Ladies' Singles event at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships.
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    Robson returned to the junior tour for the first half of 2009.
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    Due to her focusing on her Senior career, Robson entered the 2009 US Open unseeded.
    More Details Hide Details In the first round, she beat Ons Jabeur of Tunisia. She then faced the 7th seed Lauren Embree of the United States and beat her in three sets. She went on to face the 12th seed, Tamaryn Hendler, who she defeated in straight sets. Robson then beat Lauren Davis in the quarterfinals. In her semifinal, she faced Yana Buchina of Russia. Due to rain delay, both quarter- and semifinals were played on the same day. Therefore, the semifinal followed the quarterfinal match. Despite starting strongly, Robson tired, losing the match in three sets.
    Robson was the defending champion at 2009 Wimbledon Championships, but she fell in the second round to Quirine Lemoine.
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    At the 2009 French Open Robson was the top seed in the junior's competition, but was defeated in round two by Sandra Zaniewska.
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    After recovering from her injury, Robson entered the 2009 Australian Open junior tournament, where she was seeded fifth.
    More Details Hide Details In the semifinals she faced a replay of her Wimbledon final, against top seed Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, whom she beat in straight sets to reach her second Grand Slam junior final. Facing third seed Ksenia Pervak from Russia, Robson was defeated in straight sets. She later attributed her loss to Pervak's greater consistency, and her coach Bok said that "everybody has to be patient". After the tournament, Robson started to train with Gil Reyes, the former trainer of Andre Agassi. She was also named the MCC Young Sportswoman of the Year. She claimed the top ranking of ITF junior tour in April, despite not playing for two months because of shin splints.
  • 2008
    Age 14
    Her first match on the WTA tour was courtesy of a wildcard into the 2008 Fortis Championships in Luxembourg City.
    More Details Hide Details She was drawn in the first round against world number 42, Iveta Benešová, but lost. Returning to the ITF circuit, Robson entered as the fifth seed in the $10,000 event held in Sunderland. After beating third seed Laura-Ioana Andrei in the quarterfinals, she beat fellow Britons Tara Moore and Samantha Vickers in straight sets to win her first ITF title at the age of 14 years and 9 months.
    After a brief period on the main tour, Robson returned to junior competition but was knocked out in the second round of a tournament in December. In the same month she played her final junior tournament of 2008, the Orange Bowl, where she had to retire in the third round with a stomach strain.
    More Details Hide Details At the end of the year, she was shortlisted for the BBC Young Sports Personality of the Year, but lost out to Paralympic swimmer Eleanor Simmonds.
    In the first half of 2008, Robson reached the finals of three tournaments, but was also eliminated before the third round in three straight tournaments.
    More Details Hide Details Robson competed in her first junior grand slam at the Wimbledon girls' event, as an unseeded player. As the youngest player in the tournament, she beat first seed Melanie Oudin on her way to the finals, where she defeated third seed Noppawan Lertcheewakarn. Her victory made her the first British player to win the girls' event since Annabel Croft in 1984, and the British media described her as the "new darling" of British tennis, and the "Queen of Wimbledon".
  • 2007
    Age 13
    After beating 2007 Wimbledon girls singles champion Urszula Radwańska and fourth seed Tzipi Obziler, Robson lost to second seed Maret Ani in three sets in the semifinals.
    More Details Hide Details She was given another wildcard into the $50,000 tournament in Barnstaple, but was defeated in three sets in her first round match against the seventh seed Angelique Kerber, who later said that it was "unbelievable how she's playing".
    She reached the final of two other tournaments in 2007, and won her first tournament in October.
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    Robson's first tournament on the junior ITF tour was in May 2007, where she went from the qualifying draw of the tournament to the quarterfinals.
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    After working with several coaches, including the head of the Lawn Tennis Association Carl Maes, she chose coach Martijn Bok in 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Bok said later that although Robson "had trouble staying emotionally under control", he "saw right away a lot of potential in Laura." Robson also began training at the National Tennis Centre, under the guidance of Bok, Maes, and the head of women's tennis at the centre, Nigel Sears, while taking school lessons at home.
    She debuted on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls' Championship at the age of 14.
    More Details Hide Details As a junior she also twice reached the final of the girls' singles tournament at the Australian Open, in 2009 and 2010. She won her first professional tournament in November 2008. Robson was the first British woman since Samantha Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, doing so at the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. She won a silver medal in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics playing with Andy Murray, with whom she also reached the 2010 Hopman Cup final. At the 2012 Guangzhou Women's Open, Robson became the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1990 to reach a WTA main-tour final, where she lost to Hsieh Su-wei. Robson was named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2012 and reached a career high singles ranking of world number 27 on 8 July 2013.
  • 2002
    Age 8
    She faced former World No. 5 and 2002 Wimbledon quarterfinalist Daniela Hantuchová in the first round but lost despite being a break up in the second set.
    More Details Hide Details She also entered into the doubles tournament with Georgie Stoop, progressing to the second round before losing to sixteenth seeds Svetlana Kuznetsova and Amélie Mauresmo. As well as Wimbledon, she competed in two ITF tournaments, one via a wildcard and the second via qualification, but lost in the first round of each.
  • 1994
    Age 0
    Robson was born on 21 January 1994 in Melbourne, Australia, the third child of Australian parents Andrew, an oil executive with Royal Dutch Shell, and Kathy Robson, a sports coach and former professional basketball player.
    More Details Hide Details Robson and her family moved from Melbourne to Singapore when she was 18 months old, and then to the United Kingdom when she was six. According to her parents, she began playing tennis "as soon as she could hold a tennis racquet", and after being encouraged by them, she entered a junior tennis academy at age seven. She signed with management company Octagon when she was 10, with Adidas at age 11, and also signed a racquet deal with Wilson Sporting Goods.
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