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article imageWho is Laura Robson?

By Alexander Baron     Sep 3, 2012 in Sports
London - Andy Murray is undoubtedly the biggest name in British men's tennis, but there could just be a rising star in the ladies game.
Although Andy Murray could finish "only" runner up at Wimbledon in what was arguably his best chance ever to take the title, he more than made up for it beating Wimbledon champion Roger Federer to take the gold at the London Olympics. Murray also won the silver in the mixed doubles, and his partner was Laura Robson.
That name would probably not have meant much outside the UK until last week when the 18 year old beat former world number one Kim Clijsters in the second round of the US Open. Clijsters announced her retirement, and Robson went on to beat Li Na, China's leading ladies' player and last year's French Open Champion. She went out in the fourth round yesterday, going down 6-4 6-4 against Samantha Stosur, saving no less than 8 match points on the way to her heroic defeat.
So who is Laura Robson? She was born at Melbourne, Australia in January 1994, the daughter of an Australian oil executive. Four years ago, she became a British citizen and is now based at Wimbledon. She turned professional in 2008, and has been been making the game pay having already won over $350,000 in prize money. She also has stunning good looks and personality to match, which bodes well on the endorsement front, and after her recent performance at Flushing Meadows, the world is her lobster. But like Murray, will she ever win Wimbledon? Er, actually, she has already. In 2008, four months before she turned professional, she followed in the footsteps of Annabel Croft and won the Wimbledon Girls Title.
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