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Laura Robson caps impressive year with WTA newcomer of the year title

27th November 2012

• Robson beat Kim Clijsters, Li Na and won Olympic silver
• ‘It’s a huge honour to have won,’ says 18-year-old

Laura Robson has been rewarded for a brilliant 2012 season by being named the WTA Tour’s newcomer of the year.

The 18-year-old, who pipped fellow British player Heather Watson to the award, defeated the former grand slam champions Kim Clijsters and Li Na to reach the fourth round of the US Open in September. She then became the first British woman to make the singles final at a WTA Tour event in 22 years, in Guangzhou, while she also won an Olympic silver medal in the mixed doubles alongside Andy Murray.

Robson began the year ranked 131 and will finish it at 53, four places below Watson, who bettered her compatriot by winning the WTA Tour title in Osaka last month.

“It’s a huge honour to have won the 2012 WTA newcomer of the year award,” said Robson, who is the first British player to be honoured since Virginia Wade was named player of the year in 1977.

“I looked at the list of past winners and it’s certainly a very impressive lineup that includes many of my idols growing up. I hope that I can go on to achieve close to what many of the past winners have achieved in their careers.”


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