For many, Laura Robson is a name that did not ring a bell until Wednesday, when she sent Kim Clijsters into retirement with a straight set victory. But Robson is a name that has been on the rise with a bullet with those who follow tennis closely.
Robson is currently 89th in the World in the WTA rankings, although that is likely to rise soon. At the ripe old age of 18, Robson is the youngest player in the Women's Top 100 and in the last year has seen her ranking go from 131 to its current spot at 89.
Robson was born in Melbourne, Australia but resides in London, England and in her birthplace back in January, she had to win a qualifier to get into the field of the Australian Open. It was a quick exit, losing in the first round to veteran Jelena Jankovic 6-2, 6-0.
In the French Open, she failed to qualify for the main draw but gained an entry when Silvia Soler-Espinosa withdrew. But again, it was a quick out for Robson who fell to Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-2, 6-1.
Robson broke into the Top 100 and made the field for Wimbledon and was competitive in the first round against veteran Francesca Schiavone but lost in three sets.
Wimbledon seemed to give the Young Brit some confidence fairing well in a tournament in Palermo where she defeated two top 50 players in route to the semifinals.
Robson made the Olympics Women's Singles Draw after Petra Martic was forced to withdraw. She made the most of her Olympics experience defeating 22nd ranked Lucie Safarova setting up a match with Maria Sharapova. She fared well against the Russian Star falling in three sets.
However, teaming with Andy Murray in mixed doubles, the pair won Silver in the London Olympics.
Given her gradual rise in 2012, it should be no surprise that the left hander came into the U.S. Open with confidence and skill. Robson took down American Samantha Crawford in straight sets in the first round before defeating former Champion Kim Clijsters 7-6, 7-6. Next up for Robson is Na Li who has found her confidence again, as well.
Robson has all the makings of a future Champion with a big serve and pounding ground strokes and at 18 years of age, she has time to fine tune her skills. The name Laura Robson was an unknown not so long ago, but is quickly becoming a household name.
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