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Robson wins the Junior Girls at 14!!!

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by kuzfan (U9011667) 02 July 2008
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At just 14, Laura Robson has won the girls singles Final. She beat the no1 seeded junior in the 2nd round, won in straight sets to win her 3rd round match, took out the no9 seed in the Quarter-Finals, beat Tabakova 6-2 7-5 in the Semis and beat a Thai (no3 seed) girl 6-3 3-6 6-1 to win the title. She was born in January 1994 so she is still 1/2 year away from becoming 15. Laura was the youngest girl left in the Quarter Finals. The rest of the girls in the Quarter Finals are aged from 15-18.

Strengths: Her main weapon is certainly her forehand (left-handed). It is similar to Patty Schnyder in that she can hit loopy forehands and she hits a very good flat forehand. Her backhand is solid as well and she has plenty of power from her ground strokes. She also has a very good 1st serve and at 5"7 she still has a lot of growing to do so her serve will become better.

Weaknesses: The 2nd serve is a big weakness for her. In her 3rd round match she made 6 Double-Faults and in her Quarter she made 9 DF's. She needs to learn how to put more spin on the 2nd serve to make it safer. Her movement is average as well. She can get around the court pretty well but it is certainly an area of her game that she needs to improve. She doesn't come to the net much so I'm guessing she isn't too confident at the net so she could improve in this area of her game.

Overall: Laura is a brilliant talent at just 14 and has still got plenty of development to go. If the LTA take care of her, we could see her at the top of the women's game in years to come. She is currently 36 in the junior rankings and will move up after her performance in the Wimbledon Juniors. To put in perspective how good she is, she is the only junior in the world top 100 who was born in 1994. Basically every other girl in the top 100 of the juniors is older than her.

Today: Credit to her today and despite letting a 3-1 lead go in the 2nd set, she came back strong in the 3rd set and was incredibly cool under pressure. She made some brilliant ground strokes and if she keeps her head and keeps improving, Britain has got a STAR on their hands.

WELL DONE LAURA!!!

THE BRITISH FLAG IS FLYING!!!

She is likely to get a Wimbledon Wildcard for next year so that is a great opportunity for her.

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posted Jul 8, 2008

First, she has dual nationality as she has a British passport. If you have dual nationality you can choose which country you wish to represent.

Personally, I donít agree with sports stars being able to switch nationality, like Rusedski did, along with numerous rugby players, but as Robson clearly never played tennis IN Australia, let alone FOR them, I donít see there is an issue here.

She lives and trains here, she sounds British, says she feels British (to the extent that she supports English teams over Australian ones).

Youíre entitled to your opinion, of course, but youíre flogging a dead horse, here. The debate is over, and you lost it <biggrin>

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posted Jul 8, 2008

it's a bit sickening when players change who they represent mid-career, or even only prior to their career taking off but yeah, as sportsrep said. It was brits that coached her, brits that got her into the game and in britain she learned her tennis.

she was born an aussie but will play tennis like a brit.

Now usually that would be the most damning thing you could say about a female tennis player but for some reason this one has come out ok. (and if so it goes to genes which each countries have equal claim*)


*yes i know it was the aussie mum that had played professional sports but oh well, that's tough. if australian men were anything more than neanderthals maybe she wouldn't have run away with a british executive.

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posted Jul 8, 2008

..and she'll have soaked up a huge amount of British tennis funding thanks to ' pushy mom ' manipulating the British system ..... no wonder working class kids over here never flourish in the sport ...

Let's hope she's worth it, eh? ;-)

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posted Jul 10, 2008

One thing I would add and I just read this article by Virginia Wade, stating the same thing;

Best thing that can be done for her, it the Press to leave her alone and let her develop with some sort of normalcy. It's not only the best thing whilst she develops her game, but also respectful that she is 14 and should have as normal a life as possible, until/when she makes the Pro game.

She's not fair game at the moment in terms of this outrageous Press coverage, and intrusion. End of story.

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posted Jul 10, 2008

Yloponom,
I fully agree, and the posts re; her heritage I can assure you are just gee-up's .

IMO by the time young Robson turns 16 she will have at least six girls of equal talent, not everyone is an early bloomer.
We in OZ wish her the best of luck in her endeavors to make the grade
Cheers

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posted Jul 10, 2008

Please don't mix up ' gee-ups ' with ...Facts :-)

6 girls of equal talent when Robson turns 16 ...Worldwide - Yes, maybe ... In the UK?

Not a cat in Hell's chance - We'll have to import another one to keep her company perhaps ;-)

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posted Sep 25, 2008

by the looks of things even at 14 she dont have much development left if you know what I mean

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posted Sep 25, 2008

Yes ..we know what you mean, Mr Glitter ...let's hope you're electronically tagged and don't live near to any schools, shall we?

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posted Sep 27, 2008

The problems i see for Laura are as follows:

1 Not injuring herself permanently by playing so much tennis so young
2 Not getting sick of tennis
Otherwise all should be OK. She has the ability to win matches.
As for the rest of it-our cricket captain is South African,our Prime Minister a Scot, and our Queen a German. Does it matter? She sounds English enough to me.

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posted Sep 27, 2008

This young lass is that young at present anything can happen by the time she is 18 or so.
How about just sitting back and wait until she has mature enough to handle the pressure of a whole nation??

Cheers Laura all the best in whatever the future brings you.

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