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.