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Tennis - 06. July 2008.

Laura Robson wins Wimbledon girls' title to become first British singles champion in 24 years

"Being Wimbledon girls' champion sounds really good," Robson said. "It was great today because the crowd were behind me and it was such an experience.

"I didn't feel relaxed and composed. I thought I was going to be sick when I walked onto court because there were so many people watching. In the second set I went a bit mad but got it back together and managed to win."

Robson is the youngest girls' Wimbledon champion since 13-year-old Martina Hingis won in 1994, and the first British singles champion at Wimbledon since Annabel Croft won the girls' title in 1984.

JULY 5 - LAURA ROBSON (pictured), a 14-year-old, today gave Britain's tennis fans hopes that she might be able to challenge for a gold medal at the 2012 Olympics when she pulled off a major shock to win the junior girls singles title at Wimbledon today.

The youngest player in the tournament became the first home winner of the Championships for 24 years when she beat Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, the 16-year-old number three seed from Thailand, before a capacity crowd of 11,000 on Court One, which is less than a five minute walk from where she and her family live.


Robson received a standing ovation after she had won the match 6-3, 3-6 6-1.

She said: "It was an overhwelming experience.

"I thought I was going to be sick when I walked on court as there were so many people watching."

Robson, who received her trophy from former All England champion Ann Jones, will now hope she can triumph when Wimbledon stages the Olympic tennis tournament during the 2012 Olympics.

Success is in her genes.

Born in Melbourne, she spent 18 months in Australia before arriving in the United Kingdom, via Singapore, aged six.

Her father, Andrew, is a Shell executive and her mother, Kathy, was a professional basketball player.

Robson is a real talent.

She was praised by Annabel Croft, the last Briton to win this title in 1984.

She said: "She really does have a fantastic future."

With the exception of Maria Sharapova, she is ranked higher among the juniors, at number 36, than any of the present world top ten players were at her age.

Robson is now set to be given a wild-card for the main senior draw at next year's Wimbledon.

"I will take Venus down if I play her," she joked in reference to Venus Williams, who earlier had beaten her sister Serena to win the women's singles title.

Sam Smith, the former British number one senior women's player, said: "If she is going to be a top player she needs to be winning one of these at this age or 15 so she is very much on track so far."


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