British youngster Laura Robson has rounded off a sensational season by winning the WTA’s newcomer of the year award. The 18-year old follows in the footsteps of the likes of Kim Clijsters, Venus and Serena Williams, Martina Hingis and Maria Sharapova in picking up the newcomer of the year award, in a year that has seen Laura Robson climb up the rankings from 131st to 53rd.
After being named the WTA newcomer of the year, Laura Robson admitted the award had made her even more determined to follow in the footsteps of those former winners and push on in 2013.
“It’s a huge honour to have won the award. I looked at the list of past winners and it’s certainly a very impressive line-up that includes many of my idols growing up,” added Robson.
“I hope that I can go on to achieve close to what many of the past winners have achieved in their careers.”
In a year of highlights for Robson, the pinnacle of 2012 came when she and Andy Murray clinched a mixed doubles silver medal at the Olympic Games in the summer, closely followed by reaching the fourth round in a US Open campaign that included eye-catching victories against Kim Clijsters and Li Na. The youngster also ended a 22 year wait for a British woman to reach a WTA final when shefinished runner-up to Su-Wei Hsieh in Guangzhou in September.
Robson’s form this season could well have played a part in fellow Briton Heather Watson’s ascendancy up the rankings. The 20-year old went one better than Robson by becoming the first British woman since Sara Gomer in 1988 to win a WTA tour title when she clinched victory at the Japan Open. Watson now sits four places ahead of Robson in the rankings, but both players will now be looking to firmly establish themselves in the world top-50 next year. You can see odds for both players for various 2013 tournaments alongside the always popular Unibet Premier League odds online.
The massive strides made by both Laura Robson and Heather Watson this year shows that British tennis won’t be solely relying on Murray to keep bringing home the bacon over the next few years. If Robson and Watson continue to improve as they have done over the past 12 months then there is nothing to stop British tennis soon having two women in the top-10 over the next five years.