21 January 1994 |
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||148 lb (67 kg)|
|Plays||Left-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Career titles||0 (1 ITF)|
|Highest ranking||No. 35 (20 May 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 35 (20 May 2013)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2013)|
|Australian Open Junior||F (2009), (2010)|
|French Open||1R (2012)|
|French Open Junior||2R (2009)|
|Wimbledon Junior||W (2008)|
|US Open||4R (2012)|
|US Open Junior||SF (2009)|
|Career titles||0 (0 ITF)|
|Highest ranking||No. 90 (1 April 2013)|
|Current ranking||No. 92 (20 May 2013)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2010)|
|Australian Open Junior||QF (2009)|
|French Open Junior||2R (2009)|
|Wimbledon Junior||1R (2008), (2010)|
|US Open||1R (2012)|
|US Open Junior||1R|
|Grand Slam Mixed Doubles results|
|Other Mixed Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||Silver Medal (2012)|
Last updated on: 20 May 2013.
|Olympic medal record|
|Competitor for Great Britain|
|Silver||2012 London||Mixed Doubles|
Laura Robson (born 21 January 1994) is a British tennis player, who is the current no. 1 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. As of 20 May 2013, Robson had a career high rank on the WTA singles tour of 35. Her doubles tour rank at 8 April 2013 was a career high of 90 after reaching the final of the 2013 Miami Masters with partner Lisa Raymond. She won a silver medal playing with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics, with whom she also reached the 2010 Hopman Cup final.
Robson has appeared at least once in the main draw of every Grand Slam, with her biggest success coming at the 2012 US Open where she made the fourth round. In doing so, she became the first British woman since Samantha Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 to reach the fourth round of a major tournament. 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. She was named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2012.
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. 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. After working with several coaches, including the head of the Lawn Tennis Association, Carl Maes, she chose coach Martijn Bok in 2007. 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.
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. She reached the final of two other tournaments in 2007, and won her first tournament in October. 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.
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". However, former British tennis players such as Croft and Virginia Wade said that "we have to be careful with the expectations we place on her", and that Robson needed to "build her confidence".
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. 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.
After recovering from her injury, Robson entered the 2009 Australian Open junior tournament, where she was seeded fifth. 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 6–3, 6–1. 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. At the 2009 French Open
Robson was the top seed in the junior's competition, but was defeated in round two by Sandra Zaniewska. Robson, as the defending champion at 2009 Wimbledon Championships but she fell in the second round to Quirine Lemoine.
Due to her focusing on her Senior career, Robson entered the 2009 US Open unseeded. 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 of Belgium, who she defeated in straight sets. Robson then beat Lauren Davis in the quarter–finals. In her semi–final she faced Yana Buchina of Russia. Due to rain delay, both quarter- and semi-finals were played on the same day, therefore the semi–final match followed the quarter–final match. Despite starting strongly, Robson tired, losing the match in three sets.
At the junior singles at the 2010 Australian Open, Robson was unseeded and defeated Belinda Woolcock, Yulia Putintseva, and Cristina Dinu to reach the quarterfinals. In the last eight she easily overcame American Ester Goldfeld to move through to her fourth Junior Grand Slam semi-final where she defeated Kristyna Plíšková of the Czech Republic. She was defeated by Kristyna's twin sister Karolína Plíšková in the final. In the 2010 Wimbledon junior singles she reached the semi-finals, losing to Sachie Ishizu of Japan.
Following her victory at Wimbledon, Robson made her debut on the ITF senior tour at a $10,000 tournament in Limoges, France. She won two matches to qualify for the main draw of the tournament, as well as her first round match, before having to retire with a shoulder injury in the second round against the second seed, Marina Melnikova.
Robson was then given a wildcard into the main draw of the $75,000 ITF in Shrewsbury, Great Britain. 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. She was given another wildcard into the $50,000 tournament in Barnstaple, Great Britain, 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".
Her first match on the WTA tour was courtesy of a wildcard into the 2008 Fortis Championships in Luxembourg City. 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, England. 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.
Robson returned to the junior tour for the first half of 2009. On 9 June, Wimbledon announced that Robson received a wildcard for the Ladies' Singles event at the 2009 Wimbledon Championships. 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. 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 both.
In August 2009, Robson received a wild card into the 2009 US Open qualifying tournament. 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 to reach the second round but was defeated in the quarter-finals by Vitalia Diatchenko.
Robson began 2010 playing with Andy Murray in the Hopman Cup, as part of Great Britain's first team in the tournament since 1992. 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. Her first win of the tournament came in the finals against world no. 26 María José Martínez Sánchez of Spain. Robson and Murray made it to the final of the tournament, but lost to Spain's Martinez 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 Chia-Jung Chuang 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.
After the Australian Open Robson did not play again until the start of April. In her third tournament back Robson made the semi-final, losing to Edina Gallovits of the ITF event in Dothan after having to qualify for the main draw. Robson also played in the doubles and after reaching the quarter finals she reached a career high of 102 for doubles. She followed this up with a quarter-final appearance in Charlottesville losing to Anastasia Yakimova.
She then qualified for the main draw of the Aegon Classic in Edgbaston after receiving a wildcard in qualification. She beat Nina Bratchikova and Vitalia Diatchenko. Robson then went on to win her first ever match on the WTA Tour after her opponent Stefanie Vögele retired during the second set of their first round match. She lost to the third seed Yanina Wickmayer in the second round. She also received a wildcard for the UNICEF Open at Rosmalen but was beaten by Slovakian Dominika Cibulková in the first round.
She received a wild card for Wimbledon 2010, and faced fourth seed Jelena Janković to whom she lost 6–3, 7–6. Robson's next senior level competition was an AEGON GB Pro-Series event at Woking. Seeded seventh, her first senior seeding, she reached the quarter-finals. 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. In the first round she shocked second seed Jelena Dokić. She beat Vesna Manasieva, but lost in the third round to Nuria Llagostera Vives.
On 21 September Robson announced that she was to split with her coach Martijn Bok, as Bok was unable to meet her more demanding 2011 tour schedule.
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.
For 2011 Robson hired a new coach, Frenchman Patrick Mouratoglou, and moved her working base to Paris. Her season was disrupted by injury at the 2011 Hopman Cup, however, 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. 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. 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 .
Robson came through three rounds of qualifying at the Australian Open, beating Melanie Oudin, Anna Floris and Olga Savchuk to advance to the main draw for the first time. She lost to thirteenth seed Jelena Janković in the first round.
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. In the group stages she played doubles with Heather Watson, defeating pairs from Portugal and The Netherlands and Israel in the group stages. 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.
Robson lost in the third round of qualfying for the 2012 French Open at Roland Garros. However she got a place in the first round of the main draw as a lucky loser when Silvia Soler-Espinosa withdrew, but then her first round match to clay-court specialist Anabel Medina Garrigues.
After a second round showing at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham (l. to Marina Erakovic), Robson came through qualifying at the 2012 AEGON International. 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 2012, 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 semi final. After beating the world number 240 Valentyna Ivakhnenko for the loss of just 1 game in the 1st 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 then received a wild card to enter the main draw of the 2012 Swedish Open but lost her first match against Anabel Medina Garrigues.
She received a late place into the women's singles at the London 2012 Olympics due to the withdrawal of Croatian Petra Martic. In her first round match, she beat the world number 22 Lucie Safarova 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 Hradecka 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 Sam 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 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. 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 Sam Stosur, ending her best run at a Grand Slam tournament to date.
Laura 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. 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 up to a career-high 57.
Laura 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.
At the start of the year Robson had reached the top 50 for the first time in her career. She followed this with her first victory at the 2013 Australian Open with a convincing straight sets victory over Melanie Oudin. 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 helped lead GB to victory in the Fed Cup earning her team a World Group II Play-off against Argentina. Following this success she went on to lose two successive matches, losing to Daniela Hantuchova in Doha and to wildcard Yulia Putintseva in Dubai.
Robson cited breathing problems after the Fed Cup and received medical attention.
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 semi-finals, before losing to Nadia Petrova and Katarina Srebotnik. The results at this tournament saw Robson reach career-high singles and doubles rankings of 42 and 90 respectively.
Robson was seeded 16th at Charleston and reached the second round before losing to Eugenie Bouchard in three sets. At the BNP Paribas Katowice Open, Robson was seeded 8th, she lost in the first round to Lourdes Dominguez Lino 5–7 7–6 6–1.
Robson represented Great Britain in the Fed Cup World Group Two play-off against Argentina. After Johanna Konta lost her opening rubber to Paula Ormaechea, Robson won her first match 6–1 6–1 over Florencia Molinero. Robson lost her second match against Paula Ormaechea in three sets 4–6 6–4 2–6.
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. She subsequently lost to former World No. 1 Ana Ivanovic in the next round, having led 5–2 in the final set.
Robson plays left-handed, with a two-handed backhand. One of her strengths is her "dominant" serve. She is also noted for having an aggressive forehand return, which has been described as "fierce" and "superb". However, she has been criticised for having "poor lateral movement". 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 Ivanović 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 just an "all-around good player".
|Runner-up||2012||London Olympics||Grass||Andy Murray|| Victoria Azarenka
|6–2, 3–6, [8–10]|
|Winner||1||3 July 2008||2008 Wimbledon||Grass||Noppawan Lertcheewakarn||6–3, 3–6, 6–1|
|Runner-Up||2||31 January 2009||2009 Australian Open||Hard||Ksenia Pervak||3–6, 1–6|
|Runner-Up||3||30 January 2010||2010 Australian Open||Hard||Karolína Plíšková||1–6, 6–7(5–7)|
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
Won tournament, or reached Final, Semifinal, Quarterfinal, Round 4, 3, 2, 1; competed at a Round Robin stage or lost in Qualification Round 3, 2, Round 1; absent from a tournament or participated in a team event; played in a Davis Cup Zonal Group (with its number indication) or Play-off; won a bronze, silver (F or S) or gold medal at the Olympics, the former of which has, from 1908–1924 and 1996–present, been awarded to the winner of a play-off match between losing semifinalists. The last two are for a Masters Series/1000 tournament that was relegated (Not a Masters Series) or a tournament that was Not Held in a given year. To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated either at the conclusion of (not during) a tournament, or when the player's participation in the tournament has ended.
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