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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #975 on: January 17, 2013, 04:14 PM »
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Very brief highlights, including match point.

http://www.australianopen.com/en_AU/video/index.html#ooid=tycG9lODqOtL2TUO7NBxxXVMzG6i73e9

Kvitova said afterwards she didn't play well and didn't think she served well enough. Heavily blamed the serve. Asked if Laura surprised her, replied that the serve surprised her and praised her forehand. Didn't really say much else.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #976 on: January 17, 2013, 05:41 PM »
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Great Result! Very pleased for her.

I think that the game was exciting but the errors indicated that Laura needs a top up of the AM team input. She was often too slow to get into position. Previously that was her worst fault which was the change after playing with Andy and having Judy to help.  The good bits were GREAT.



 Agreed its a great result for Laura and will help her  mentality immensely. Having said that she was dead lucky to get away with so many errors against an erratic opponent. Still, she's on course for greater things I'm sure.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #977 on: February 12, 2013, 03:53 PM »
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Laura playing Hantuchova in 1st round at Doha. DH took 1st set 6-4, now 1-1 in 2nd. Laura coughing a lot, and it looks very windy.

Edit - 2nd set didn't last long - Huntachova took it 6-1.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #978 on: February 12, 2013, 04:26 PM »
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Laura has just lost to Hantuchova, 6-4 6-1 in Doha. It did look windy, and as Elena said, Laura was coughing a lot throughout.

Laura looked flat to me. I wonder if the recent Fed Cup tie took a lot out of her. She was trying today, but just didn't seem to have an extra gear to go to. Hantuchova, on the other hand, looked very up for it.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #979 on: February 12, 2013, 06:28 PM »
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Could just be as simple as a cold. They can be quite debilitating.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #980 on: February 12, 2013, 06:52 PM »
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Could just be as simple as a cold. They can be quite debilitating.

Indeed. She just didn't seem herself at all. It was a bit of a shame.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #981 on: February 19, 2013, 08:52 AM »
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According to a tennis correspondant from the Sunday Times,Lauras's health is a bit worrying at the moment-she was coughing and spluttering in her Dubai press conference,and admitted that she had been suffering from a chest infection since the Olympics. 4 bouts of antibiotics later she's still nowhere near better,and she's seeing a specialist in London about it. shocking Hope she's back to herself soon!

Oh,and she's deleted her twitter account,no word as to why.

Edit: She's actually back on twitter now-apparently she just deleted it by mistake.These things happen to the best of us,haha!
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #982 on: February 19, 2013, 09:57 AM »
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To expand a little on my previous post,here's a small piece (extracted from a longer article on the match) from the Independent on Laura's health:

"Laura Robson revealed after her first-round defeat in the Dubai Duty Free Championships here last night that she will be consulting a specialist because of a recurring chest infection. The 19-year-old Briton, who was beaten 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 by Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva, said that four courses of antibiotics had failed to shift the infection, which has been persistent since the start of the year.

"It's just something that I'm living with," Robson said. "I'm seeing a specialist when I get home and we will make another decision then." She added: "It was on and off since the Olympics, now it's worse."

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/tennis/infection-adds-to-laura-robsons-frustration-8500436.html


Piers Newberry,who interviewed her over the phone during the Fed Cup has also said she was coughing so badly that she had to stop the interview twice.Poor Laura!
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #983 on: February 19, 2013, 09:59 AM »
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Excuses to please the sponsors .
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #984 on: February 19, 2013, 10:13 AM »
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Piers Newberry,who interviewed her over the phone during the Fed Cup has also said she was coughing so badly that she had to stop the interview twice.Poor Laura!
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #985 on: February 19, 2013, 11:10 AM »
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I watched the match yesterday and she was still coughing, but not as much as in Doha, where it seemed pretty bad. Probably didn't help with preparation for this match.

There were some great shots from Laura yesterday, but way too many going long. Putintseva was extraordinary - only just 18,  a 5'1" bundle of energy with some very effective drop shots.

It was a strangely similar match to Heather's the day before against another Kazakh, though with roles reversed. Heather, like Putintseva, was up 5-2 in the 3rd, serving for the match, got broken twice, but won the tie break.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #986 on: February 19, 2013, 11:12 AM »
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Hi All,

I'm really not that surprised that Laura is going to be seeing someone about her chest infection. When I think back, every time I've seen her play lately she's been coughing a lot, so she's obviously uncomfortable. It definitely seemed to be a problem for her yesterday.

I hope Laura will be all right. Chest infections can drag on - I've had one or two myself, so I know, and they can drag you down, so I hope it's sorted for her soon.
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #987 on: February 27, 2013, 09:15 AM »
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Everyone's after her! Robson on track to make £20million as management companies fight for rising star's signature


Laura Robson is at the centre of one of the most keenly fought contests among management companies that tennis has seen in years as lucrative deals beckon with her rising profile.

On Tuesday the 19-year-old, who is already in the world's top 50, entered the corporate world beyond purely equipment endorsements when she sat alongside Richard Branson and was unveiled as the new face promoting Virgin Active.

It is the kind of blue-chip sponsorship that led one industry expert to predict that she could earn as much over her career as Tim Henman, who retired with his wealth estimated to be close to the £20million mark.


Robson is currently represented by the Octagon group but her contract expires in two months. While she might re-sign, her free agency has sparked huge interest among other management companies from Europe and America - among them IMG and Simon Fuller's 19, who have guided Andy Murray's career.

They and others are keen to fully explore the commercial opportunities of someone seen as a genuine Wimbledon contender and top-10 player in a few years who, along with Heather Watson, has substantially raised the profile of women's tennis in Britain.

Since winning the Wimbledon junior title at 14, Robson's parents have, sensibly enough, been keen to protect her from excess publicity and commercial duties away from the court, but now she is an adult these responsibilities are likely to increase and Tuesday's unveiling as Virgin Active's first 'tennis ambassador' was an initial step.


'It is not surprising that all the big companies want to represent her,' said John Collard, chief executive of the Sports Impact marketing agency. 'She has got a combination of talent, personality and attractiveness that makes her very appealing.

'Tennis is a sport where the visibility is high on a consistent basis unlike, for example, some Olympic sports where athletes do not compete as often. By doing so well in the Olympics and the last two Grand Slams she has brought herself into focus at the right time, and Wimbledon will always be a huge showcase.

'With endorsements and appearance money she could earn three or four times her official prize money and it's quite possible she could earn as much as Tim Henman did in his career.'


Coincidentally her mixed doubles Olympic silver medal partner Murray's deal with 19 ended at the end of the year and he has been renegotiating with them.

The Murray camp are said to be content with the public relations side of his affairs but much less so with the commercial end, which still sees him without a full quota of major endorsements despite his Olympic and US Open triumphs.

Even his watch deal with Rado - that caused such a comic kerfuffle when he won at Flushing Meadows - is believed to have been brought in by an outside party, so it is far from sure he will re-sign with Fuller on the same basis as before and again other companies are watching developments.


Robson declared that her goal is to be inside the top 32 and seeded by the time Wimbledon, which suits her game style, comes around.

After beating Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open and helping guide GB to a promotion play-off in the Fed Cup she has suffered two disappointing first-round defeats in Doha and Dubai.

'I didn't have the best preparation for those but now I'm really looking forward to going to Indian Wells and playing there next week,' she said. 'I know I have got to become more consistent.'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/tennis/article-2285034/Laura-Robson-track-make-20million-management-companies-fight-signature--EXCLUSIVE.html
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #988 on: February 27, 2013, 09:15 AM »
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Olympic feelgood factor must be maintained, insists Robson

Laura Robson, the English teenager, said yesterday that the country must capitalise on the Olympics to ensure that women's sport receives the recognition it deserves.

Robson said it was vital that the feelings created by hosting the London Games last summer are not lost. "It's hard to beat the Olympics," she said.

"The whole feel of it around the country was unbelievable. It was always going to be a bit of a come-down after that so I think that's why all of us have to try as hard as possible to continue to get everyone involved and enjoying it.

"That was the main thing from the Olympics: everyone was just loving sport. I think more people are aware of the bigger athletes in the country. They'll think, 'oh, Jess Ennis is doing another competition, so I'll watch that on TV', or try the javelin, maybe."

Having only turned 19 in January, Robson is still in the early stages of her career but her silver medal at the Olympics alongside Andy Murray in mixed doubles elevated her status.

Ranked a career-high 43, she knows what she does on-court could influence young girls to take up tennis and yesterday she was named as an ambassador for Virgin Active Health and Racquet Clubs, focusing on junior development.

"I've always said that is one of the main things for me, just trying to get more girls into sport," Robson said. "I'm trying to do what I can and I think the better I do results-wise, the more girls will want to play because they'll watch it on TV and think, 'Oh, that looks all right'. It's a big thing for me and I'd love to continue to do that throughout my career."

Robson will fit her ambassadorial commitments around a schedule that is likely to become even more hectic as she continues her climb up the rankings, just four spots behind British No.1 Heather Watson.

On Friday, she heads to Indian Wells for the first of two big events in the United States, boosted by a clean bill of health after a chest infection that had bothered her since late last year.

"Hopefully, everything's cleared up," she said. "I've seen a specialist and I've taken yet another course of antibiotics. I'm feeling pretty good and I've been practising well the last couple of days, so once I get to Indian Wells, I reckon I'll be pretty good.

Last year, Robson lost in the first round of qualifying but her surge up the rankings means she now goes straight into the main draw.

"It's been a massive leap since last year," she added. "Hopefully, I'll do well there."

http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/tennis/olympic-feelgood-factor-must-be-maintained-insists-robson.20359603
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Re: Laura Robson « Reply #989 on: February 27, 2013, 03:12 PM »
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I just hope she keeps her feet planted firmly on the ground.
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