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Laura Robson « on: July 03, 2008, 04:41 PM »
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She looks an awesome talent, 14 and in the semis of the girls singles. Smile




Mod NoticeSplit posts from "The Other Brits : Women" thread. It's worth having a thread dedicated to her.
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Laura Robson « Reply #1 on: July 03, 2008, 06:42 PM »
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14 is good for juniors.  Aren't the other girls like 17?
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Laura Robson « Reply #2 on: July 03, 2008, 10:49 PM »
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That's very good! She hasn't even started playing ITF pro events though, which is a bit odd.
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Laura Robson « Reply #3 on: July 03, 2008, 11:41 PM »
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There's some sort of quota on the number of events she can play given her age, but she says she will start playing proper tournaments at the end of this year.  Also the winners of the Juniors get a WC to the Main Draw next year, so she could possibly be playing Wimbledon at 15.
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Laura Robson « Reply #4 on: July 04, 2008, 01:37 AM »
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That would be cool. I knew about the quota, but it's like 4 WTA events, and I'm not sure how many ITF events, she could have been playing Futures this whole time... Maybe she didn't think it was worth the practice... Did you read an interview somewhere? Could you link me?
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #5 on: July 04, 2008, 10:38 AM »
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Managed to watch the whole match her match yesterday and she was great at coming from a break down in each set.  clap  

The only thing that I noticed that possible went wrong for her was too many double faults. Although I think that nerves were mainly to blame for that.

InterviewJust been reading some articles about her and because she's used up her quota she'll not be playing in the US Open juniors. lol
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #6 on: July 04, 2008, 10:41 AM »
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What's the quota for, so she can still concentrate on her basic education? Or that her body is not ready for dealing with the schedule?
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #7 on: July 04, 2008, 10:42 AM »
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Aaaaagh! Just discovered she's bloody Australian. Moved here when she was six. Parents, cousins all Aussies. They've even competed for Oz at kayaking and the like. There's a feature on her in the Daily Mail today.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #8 on: July 04, 2008, 10:53 AM »
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Ah that sucks Frown
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #9 on: July 04, 2008, 10:55 AM »
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Aaaaagh! Just discovered she's bloody Australian. Moved here when she was six. Parents, cousins all Aussies. They've even competed for Oz at kayaking and the like. There's a feature on her in the Daily Mail today.


Sort of irrelevant.  She developed as a tennis player here, not in Australia.  Does she consider herself English (or British) or Australian?
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #10 on: July 04, 2008, 11:06 AM »
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Well she doesn't have an Aussie accent, so at least she sounds English.  I think the quota is to prevent burnout of the younger players who join the tour to early.  It's not necessary for the men's game as it is more about power so 14 year olds are less likely to succeed.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #11 on: July 04, 2008, 11:08 AM »
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And her father is British.  Parentage counts for more than place of birth.  

She was born in Australia while her father was working there.  She has spent more time in Britain and her game developed in Britain.  Plus, she considers herself British (English, most likely).  So yeah, Britain has a far bigger claim to her, even if she was neutral on her nationality.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #12 on: July 04, 2008, 11:10 AM »
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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-1031674/On-course-place-elite-rising-star-Laura-Robson-lives-hype.html
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #13 on: July 04, 2008, 11:16 AM »
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Ha-ha! Just checked that Mail link. They've rewritten the article from earlier in the day to take out much of the Aussie stuff. The only bit remaining is 'her Australian parents'. The earlier version was full of it. Born in Melbourne, moved to Singapore, then to Britain at 6, cousin has represented Australia at kayaking.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #14 on: July 04, 2008, 11:21 AM »
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Ha-ha! Just checked that Mail link. They've rewritten the article from earlier in the day to take out much of the Aussie stuff. The only bit remaining is 'her Australian parents'. The earlier version was full of it. Born in Melbourne, moved to Singapore, then to Britain at 6, cousin has represented Australia at kayaking.


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml?xml=/sport/2008/07/04/stlaur104.xml

Says her father is British.  I'd trust the Telegraph.  Besides, I'm not even sure she could represent Britain unless he was British.
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