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Keadz
Oct 22nd, 2008, 09:16 AM
Australian-born British starlet Laura Robson may have lost her debut match as a professional but French Open champion Ana Ivanovic had words of praise for the 14-year-old wild card.

Robson got off to a flying start at the WTA event here today but eventually went down 6-1 2-6 3-6 to Iveta Benesova of the Czech Republic, a veteran at 25 years of age.

The Melbourne-born, England-based Robson, whose parents are both Australian, hit the headlines in July when she won the junior Wimbledon title, raising hopes that the long drought in women's tennis in Britain could be at an end.

Ivanovic, who has met the Briton twice in the last year, told BBC Sport that Robson could have a great future is she continued her improvement.

"I think she's great, she has so much potential and she's only 14 and hits the ball really, really hard," Ivanovic said.

"She won Wimbledon juniors and has also played against some WTA players before and is obviously getting more experience. I think she's definitely one to look for.

"I think she just needs to be determined and motivated to keep improving and not get satisfied with what she has, but I had a chance to meet her and she seems very professional for her age, very determined and a very nice girl, so I think she's going the right way."

Accepting a wildcard for the Luxembourg tournament after getting a first world ranking of 550 last week, Robson started well against Benesova, the world's 42nd-ranked player, and pocketed the first set in fine style.

But she failed to maintain that level and the 25-year-old Czech took a firm grip on the match.

"I started really well and maybe the second set didn't go as well as I planned, but maybe she started to play a bit better," Robson said of her game.

"It's a tough loss but I still think I played good."

She added: "Everybody has been so friendly on the tour and it's been a really good experience."

Robson, who entered the senior rankings for the first time at number 550 last week, was given a wild card into the event but will now return to the junior circuit.

She will also start her preparations for January's Australian Open, an event during which she will turn 15.

Robson had played three events on the second tier of professional tennis prior to Luxembourg.

She made her debut on the International Tennis Federation's circuit in France in September, where she won her first match, and also competed in Shrewsbury and Barnstaple.

http://www.tennis.com.au/pages/News.aspx?id=4&pageId=11478&HandlerId=2&archive=false&newsid=4932

Sash1
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:13 AM
Ana gives props to 'mini Ana' :D

kloppy
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:21 AM
Looks like a new law has been passed that require's all Laura Robson articles in Australia to begin with 'Australian-born'. I wonder if 'German-born' will preface Bernard Tomic articles... I fancy not. ;)

Sean.
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:31 AM
Looks like a new law has been passed that require's all Laura Robson articles in Australia to begin with 'Australian-born'. I wonder if 'German-born' will preface Bernard Tomic articles... I fancy not. ;)

:haha::haha:

I don't hear anything about Serbian-born Dokic either :lol:

Keadz
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:32 AM
I was going to say the same thing when I posted the article. Reflects what a shitty state our tennis is in. :(

SOA_MC
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:42 AM
Looks like a new law has been passed that require's all Laura Robson articles in Australia to begin with 'Australian-born'. I wonder if 'German-born' will preface Bernard Tomic articles... I fancy not. ;)

Oh wait till she plays the Australian Open. Channel 7 will overdrive the she was born here so lets support her blindly:banana::rolleyes:

But nice words from Ana

kloppy
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:56 AM
I was going to say the same thing when I posted the article. Reflects what a shitty state our tennis is in. :(

True

Now that "Aussie Kim" has retired, I think it's safe to say that our desperate media will have no hesitation labelling her "Aussie Laura". :eek:

itzhak
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:59 AM
Don't make FHM photoshoot before you are 18 years old....

Prizeidiot
Oct 22nd, 2008, 12:04 PM
Don't forgot Aussie Ana!

InsideOut.
Oct 22nd, 2008, 12:40 PM
:worship: Ana endorses mini-Ana, absolutely.

I thought Laura looked a lot like Ana the first time I saw her. :lol:

aussie_fan
Oct 22nd, 2008, 12:47 PM
Oh wait till she plays the Australian Open. Channel 7 will overdrive the she was born here so lets support her blindly:banana::rolleyes:



Yep, that's going to drive me insane as the years go on

SM
Oct 22nd, 2008, 12:59 PM
too bad her parents moved to the UK, would have been the best prospect since Dokic...

Szczecin
Oct 22nd, 2008, 01:16 PM
Wasn't there an Aussie Martina at one stage too?


What a sad state of affairs ... :rolleyes:

lympyisthebest
Oct 22nd, 2008, 01:35 PM
Wonder who we're gonna "adopt" next. :o

Serenita
Oct 22nd, 2008, 03:17 PM
Ana is soooo SWEET

M&M
Oct 22nd, 2008, 04:07 PM
is laura still allowed o play another event b4 she turns 15?

W!MBLEDON
Oct 22nd, 2008, 04:11 PM
robson is younger than larcher de brito correct?

i hope to see them competing in slam finals against each other in the future :p

larcher de brito's grunt is a little too hard on my ears though

does robson grunt? :lol: either way, good luck to her in the future, this is what british tennis needs :yeah:

Play_Suspended
Oct 22nd, 2008, 04:36 PM
robson is younger than larcher de brito correct?

i hope to see them competing in slam finals against each other in the future :p

larcher de brito's grunt is a little too hard on my ears though

does robson grunt? :lol: either way, good luck to her in the future, this is what british tennis needs :yeah:

yep laura's almost exactly a year younger than michelle. and no she doesnt grunt (says she thinks its unecessary;))

babuska6
Oct 22nd, 2008, 06:17 PM
Ana is really great.She supports Laura a lot with her words of praise,I am really happy that the girl like her is on the tour :yeah:
And I am happy too that the talent like Laura is on WTA Tour.She is really great I think that in 5 years,she will be as good as Ana today.

Wintermute
Oct 22nd, 2008, 06:37 PM
Now that "Aussie Kim" has retired, I think it's safe to say that our desperate media will have no hesitation labelling her "Aussie Laura". :eek:

That's Pat Cash's nickname for her. He said at Wimbledon this year that he trained with her once when she was little.

terjw
Oct 22nd, 2008, 08:53 PM
Funny Ana saying that because Laura - especially with that visor - looked a lot like Ana to me when I saw her on TV in the girl's final at Wimbledon.

Apoleb
Oct 22nd, 2008, 09:11 PM
"Everybody has been so friendly on the tour and it's been a really good experience."


That's because you're still 14 and have played only 1 match. :lol:

Dawson.
Oct 22nd, 2008, 10:31 PM
is laura still allowed o play another event b4 she turns 15?

yes she plans to play a 10k in sunderland in a couple of weeks. That will probably be her last senior event as a 14 year old.

Laura could really take advantage of this aussie love she seems to get in the future. Imagine having the whole crowd behind you in 2 grand slams. As she has already proven, she plays well when she has support and doesnt seem to get too nervous.