Re: Laura Robson: The Silver Medal Years 2012-
This something which has been a bit of a mystery to me since I started following Laura's career: Palermo 2012. She'd had a pretty disappointing year but a week after her first round exit at Wimbledon to Schiavone she was in her first WTA semi-final on clay, her weakest surface and beat two clay court specialists, Roberta Vinci and Carla Suarez Navarro en-route. The Olympic silver, hiring Krajan, Clijsters and Li Na at the US Open and a first WTA final at Guangzhou all followed and her ranking shot up too. During her US Open run, the press were speculating on what caused such an improvement in her play and were either pinning it on the confidence boost from the Olympics or her new coach Krajan. However, Palermo was before both of these things and her first set of consistent results since leaving juniors so what caused the turnaround?
Would love to hear some theories even if they are guesses!