Friday, 4 July 2008

Whisper it quietly...

... but it looks like at long last British tennis may have unearthed a talented female player. I've not seen her play but Laura Robson's run to the girls juniors final is arguably THE story of Wimbledon.

Robson beat the top seed Melanie Oudin in the second round, and then today the 14 year old beat Romana Tabakova (who is 3 years her senior) 7-5 6-4.

She showed real guts and quality in yesterday's quarter final coming back from 5-3 down to win the first set 7-5. Just the kind of fighting spirit that's been lacking in British women's tennis for too long.

Here's the 30 seconds biog: she's a leftie with a big serve and powerful forehand. Born in Melbourne, lived in Singapore and then moved to the UK when she was 7.

You can watch her post match interview here She comes across as a smart, modest, and well adjusted teenager. Precisely the sort of person who hopefully won't let all the hype go to her head.

In tomorrow's final she plays Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, the No 3 seed from Thailand. Go Laura!

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