Posts Tagged ‘Laura Robson

16
Jan
12

Clijsters and Jankovic breeze through the opening round at the 2012 Aussie Open.

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Laura Robson’s Australian Open ended early as she was routed by Jelena Jankovic in round one at Melbourne Park. Robson, who at just 17 years of age is considered Britain’s brightest female hope, was outclassed by the 13th-seeded Serbian 6-2 6-0 in just one hour and nine minutes. The left-hander looked ill at ease from the off on Margaret Court Arena after dropping her opening service game. She had three chances to hit back at 3-2 behind but once they went – the first after an ace from Jankovic which was only confirmed as in via Hawk-Eye, the match swiftly followed, with the second set a procession as Robson sprayed the ball around seemingly with little gameplan. Robson’s defeat added to a day of misery for Britain Down Under, with Elena Baltacha, Heather Watson, James Ward and Anne Keothavong also going out in round one.

Defending women’s champion Kim Clijsters showed no ill effects of a recent hip injury and saw off a spirited challenge from Portuguese qualifier Maria Joao Koehler in the first round of the Australian Open on Monday. The Belgian struggled to get to grips with left-hander Koehler’s serve in the first set but gradually moved up through the gears to run out a 7-5 6-1 winner. Clijsters, who beat Li Na in last year’s final at Melbourne Park, said it was a good feeling to step out onto Rod Laver Arena again. “It’s great to be back, I always love coming to Australia but the feeling is even stronger after last year,” said the 11th-seeded Clijsters. “It’s great to be back on this court as well, it brings back a lot of good memories.

 

 

 

 

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24
Jun
11

Wozniacki & Sharapova cruise into the next round.

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Wozniacki looked every inch a world number one as she dismissed Razzano in an hour and 11 minutes, cruising to a 6-1 6-3 win. She made just one unforced error in a wonderful display of hitting, most notably on her backhand which kept Razzano pinned behind the baseline, often scrambling to recover the ball. Despite the recent trend of the top-ranked woman failing to deliver in grand slams, Wozniacki insists she is putting herself under no extra pressure to validate her position as the game’s leading lady. “I think I deserve to be where I am,” she said. “I’ve won so many tournaments, five already this year. I’m playing good tennis, I’m young, I’m competitive. My time will come. “Obviously you want to win them, but everybody else wants to be number one. Right now I have one of those two and I want to try to keep it as long as possible. I’m going to try to fight to win a grand slam as well.” Wozniacki will now play 27th seed Jarmila Gajdosova in the next round.

Laura Robson bowed out of Wimbledon – but only after giving former champion and this year’s title favourite Maria Sharapova a scare on Court One. Robson, 17, made the perfect start and raced into a 4-1 lead but Sharapova broke back to draw level before taking the set into a tie-break. Sharapova, who was Robson’s age when she won the title here in 2004, then had to come from a mini-break down to claim the opening set. The Russian stepped up a gear in the second set and opened a 5-1 lead but Robson showed real heart to keep battling and broke Sharapova’s serve to stay in the match. Eventually, Sharapova, the three-time grand slam champion, prevailed 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 and she will now face Klara Zakopalova.

 

23
Jun
11

Laura Robson is relishing the chance of a “special” showdown with Wimbledon favourite Maria Sharapova.

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Robson, a former junior champion at the All England Club, secured her maiden victory in a Grand Slam event at she saw off world No.77 Angelique Kerber 4-6 7-6 (7-4) 6-3. The 17-year-old will now face 2004 champion Sharapova on Court One on Thursday, with Robson determined to make the most of the occasion. “I’m really looking forward to playing Sharapova. I’m really happy to beat Kerber, but today is really important,” said Robson, who is ranked as Britain’s No.7. “I’m just really hoping that I play my best. I’m going to be on Court One playing against Sharapova and I think that’s pretty special. “I don’t know if I can beat her. You’ve got to be confident going into these matches anyway, otherwise what’s the point of going out there? “I know I can play really well. I just have to wait and see. Hopefully I can play as well as I know I can.”

 

05
Jan
11

France puts GB out of the Hopman Cup!

Great Britain’s hopes of winning the Hopman Cup ended with defeat for Andy Murray and Laura Robson in the decisive mixed doubles rubber against France. Nicolas Mahut and Kristina Mladenovic won 6-4 6-2 to give France the tie 2-1.

Robson had earlier lost the opening singles rubber 6-4 3-6 6-0 to Mladenovic, before Murray battled past Mahut 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5). Britain will take on the United States in their last Group B match on Friday but cannot now qualify for the final. The Americans have won both their ties so far, while Britain have a 1-1 record after losing to Italy in their opener.

Robson, 16, had been defeated in straight sets by French Open champion Francesca Schiavone on Monday but made a strong start against 17-year-old Mladenovic with an early break. Robson cut an increasingly frustrated figure as she saw four break points slip by in a 13-minute game at 2-1 in the second, and a 0-40 lead disappear at 4-3, but after Mladenovic went long on the fourth break point of the game it came down to a deciding set. Robson could not complete the comeback, however, and Mladenovic stormed through the final six games to wrap up an impressive victory.

It came down to the mixed doubles and a heavy fall for Mahut at deuce in game three did not bode well for the French, but after getting his ankle taped he came straight out and helped force the first break on Robson’s serve. The French pair served out the set and, after losing a 2-0 lead at the start of the second, regained the advantage in game five thanks to some blistering hitting from Mladenovic. Britain reached the final 12 months ago but their hopes of going one better effectively ended when Robson dropped serve again and Mahut served out confidently to set up a crunch match on Friday between France and Italy. “I don’t think we played too badly, I thought they played really well,” said Robson. “We had a tough one on Monday so hopefully we can win one on Friday.” Asked how he was feeling after two matches in quick succession, Murray said: “I’m a little bit stiff and sore but that’s to be expected, I’ve been off court for five or six weeks and the body’s feeling it a little bit.” The US earlier beat Italy 2-1 after Bethanie Mattek-Sands stunned world number seven Francesca Schiavone 6-4 6-4, and John Isner beat Potito Starace 7-6 (7-5) 4-6 6-4.

03
Jan
11

Italy wins 2-1 over Great Britain at the Hopman Cup.

ITALY hit back in the mixed doubles of Session 3 of Hyundai Hopman Cup XXIII with Francesca Schiavone and Potito Starace beating Great Britain’s Laura Robson and Andy Murray two rubbers to one at Perth’s Burswood Dome today. The Italians made a winning start to the Tie with world No. 7 Schiavone beating Robson 7-5, 6-3 and then world No. 4 Murray was able to level at one rubber apiece as he beat Starace 7-5, 6-1. That set up a deciding mixed doubles rubber and Robson and Murray gave the Brits a good start winning the first set in a tie-break seven points to one. It was then another tie-break in the second and this time it was the Italians prevailing eight points to six to force the Match Tie-break. There Schiavone and Starace proved too good winning 10 points to two to give the No. 4 seeds a perfect start to the tournament against the second seeded Great Britain.

In the women’s singles Schiavone survived a first set scare to beat Robson 7-5, 6-3. While the 30-year-old was taking on a rising star in Robson almost half her age at 16, the Brit took it right up to Schiavone especially in the first set continuing the form from last year’s Hyundai Hopman Cup Final that saw her win her women’s singles match over Spain’s Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez. The set stayed on serve right through the first seven games until Robson was able to stun the world No. 7 to move to a 5-3 lead. Schiavone’s quality and experience wouldn’t allow her to go down, though, and she broke straight back and went on to take the set 7-5 in 48 minutes. It looked like the Italian was then going to cruise through the second set when she asserted her dominance, and while Robson was able to find some touch again and close to 3-5, the Italian was too strong and won the second set 6-3.

Schiavone is glad to be back at the Hyundai Hopman Cup for the fourth year and it’s a tournament she has always enjoyed especially to try and win another trophy for Italy after last year’s Fed Cup triumph. “To me it’s fantastic to come back. I’m happy to be here. The people here are very nice and every time that I come up here they give me a lot,” Schiavone said. “After playing here I always go to the Australian Open with big energy, so I enjoy this tennis.”

Following Schiavone’s win over Robson, Murray had to step up and take care of business against Starace to keep Britain alive and he was able to do that with a 7-5, 6-1 win. It was an even affair in the first set with the games remaining on serve until Murray was able to break Starace to claim the set 7-5 after avoiding the tie-break. The Brit then dominated the second set dropping just the one game as he showed ominous form. It was similar to what he showed at last year’s Hopman Cup when he helped Britain to the Final and then went from Perth to the Australian Open where he made the final as well. Murray was happy with the way he played to beat Starace considering it was his first match in 2011 after a bit of a lay-off to end last year. “It was a tough match today. It’s so hot, so humid in here I was struggling a little bit with my breathing, but it was really good atmosphere and great on a Monday to have a full crowd,” Murray said. “I didn’t feel very fit today, I was breathing so hard after four or five games, so hopefully that will improve over the next couple of weeks, but that’s the goal to try and beat those guys in the big events and try and win my first Grand Slam.”

28
Dec
10

Laura Robson has hired French coach Patrick Mouratoglou as she bids to make her mark on the senior women’s tour.

Mouratoglou will join the 16-year-old Robson at the Hyundai Hopman Cup in Perth next week, before Robson turns her attention to trying to qualify for the main draw of the Australian Open for the first time. Robson is ranked 217 on the WTA Tour, with little experience to her name beyond junior tournaments. Having spent much time at Mouratoglou’s Paris academy over the past year, and having split from Dutch coach Martijn Bok in the autumn, Robson now hopes the Frenchman can take her to the next level. “We have worked with her for the best part of a year, so the understanding is already a little bit special,” Mouratoglou told The Times. “She had been with our physical and medical staff but she was not involved with our coaches because she had her own. “Now that situation has changed and I took the decision to work with her because I regard her as a very interesting player.”

Mouratoglou comes with a track record of having helped Marcos Baghdatis, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Aravane Rezai dramatically improve their world rankings.

19
Dec
10

Teenagers Heather Watson and Laura Robson will make their Fed Cup debuts for Great Britain.

Watson, 18, and Robson, 16, have both made impressive early strides in the senior game and will join Fed Cup stalwarts Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong for the Europe/Africa Zone Group I round of matches in Eilat, Israel, in the week beginning January 31. Fed Cup captain Nigel Sears said: “This team has an exciting look about it. Two players who have reached top 50 and two junior grand slam champions. “We know all about the challenges of this really tough Fed Cup group, but I believe this is the right time for Heather and Laura to step up alongside Bally and Anne and try to make this a really successful week for British women’s tennis.”

Britain has made significant progress in the women’s game over the last couple of years, with Baltacha currently ranked 55th in the world while Keothavong is battling her way back towards the top 100 after sustaining a serious knee injury in 2009. Watson, the US Open junior champion last year, has climbed to a career-high 176th in the rankings, making her the British number three, while Robson has been preferred to the likes of Katie O’Brien, Naomi Cavaday and Mel South. Watson said: “I’m absolutely thrilled to have been selected for Fed Cup. It’s a dream come true as I’ve grown up watching the competition. I can’t wait to head out to Israel with the girls and give it our all.” Britain will be aiming to win a place in the World Group II play-offs in April but, with only two spots available and possible opponents including world number one Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark, competition will be tough.

12
Oct
10

Robson/Murray duo added to Hopman Cup pairings.

 

Andy Murray and Laura Robson will team up to represent Britain in the Hopman Cup in Australia in January 2011. The British duo made it into the final of the eight-team tournament in 2010 where they were beaten 2-1 by Spain. The event, which is viewed as a warm-up for the Australian Open, will also feature players such as Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Justine Henin. Tournament director Paul McNamee said he was delighted to see British number one Murray return to the event.

McNamee stated: “He is a rare talent so we are delighted he is coming back.” Defending champions Spain are not expected to play in the tournament. Robson, ranked 212 in the world, was in action at the HP Open in Osaka on Tuesday but lost in the opening round to Kimiko Date Krumm.

25
Sep
10

Teenagers Robson and Vandeweghe advance to the main draw.

Laura Robson progressed to the main draw of the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo with an impressive 2-6 6-2 6-4 win over Romania’s Simona Halep.

The 16-year-old Londoner, who beat world number 57 Anastasija Sevastova in the previous round, broke to take the match in the tenth game of the decider.

Robson made up a deficit of 127 ranking places on world number 100 Halep.

British number one Elena Baltacha suffered a 6-0 6-7 (5-7) 6-3 defeat to world number 106 Greta Arn of Hungary.

The Scot is ranked 56 places above world number 106 Arn, but had succumbed to the Hungarian in both their previous meetings, most recently in qualifying in Rome earlier this season.

World number 41 Jarmila Groth also failed to make her way into the tournament proper after 18-year-old Coco Vandeweghe of the United States won their encounter 6-4 7-6 (7-2).

21
Sep
10

Robson and Murray both searching for new coaches.

Andy Murray is still said to be in no hurry to appoint a new coach and has again engaged his old friend Dani Vallverdu, a Venezuelan Davis Cup player, for training sessions in London.

Sources close to the player say he may see out the rest of the season with Vallverdu in tow and with input from Spaniard Alex Corretja.

Laura Robson is seeking a new coach to take her on to the crucial next stage and is splitting with Martijn Bok, who guided her to the Wimbledon junior title at 14.

Robson will step up the number of tournaments she plays next season because she will be 17, and the Dutchman does not wish to assist with a busier schedule.

The parting appears amicable and Bok will accompany Robson in Asia over the next few weeks for a series of tournaments that will wrap up her season.

After that, the search will be on for someone to build on her steady – if unspectacular – progress this season, in which the number of events she could play has been restricted due to age regulations.

Robson spends a considerable amount of time training at the Mouratoglou Academy just outside Paris, and Bok’s successor will not necessarily be British.




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