Laura Robson is the WTA’s Newcomer Of The Year in a vote made by the tennis media.
I’m not sure I would call British player Laura Robson a newcomer, as she has been hovering in the 100s when it comes to rankings for a couple years, but she sure had a breakout season in 2012.
Many have been on waiting on Robson for years, but she found her game and some confidence in an unlikely locale this summer. It was on the clay of Palermo the week after Wimbledon, as Robson made her first WTA semifinal, scoring her first Top 30 win along the way against Roberta Vinci.
Two more huge results followed at the end of the summer, as Robson made it all the way to the fourth round of the US Open, the first Brit in 14 years to make the second week of a Grand Slam, then the final of Guangzhou, the first Brit in 22 years to reach a WTA final. Her US Open run was of particular note as she beat Kim Clijsters in the former No.1’s last pro match in the second round, as well as beating Li Na in the third round, the first Top 10 win of her career.
Robson finished the year with another WTA quarterfinal over in Osaka.
Having gone into Palermo in July ranked No.113, Robson went as high as No.52 in October, then finished at No.53 on the November 5 year-end rankings.
Robson commented on being the WTA’s Newcomer Of The Year.
“It’s a huge honor to have won the 2012 WTA Newcomer Of The Year award,” Robson commented. “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 – I hope that I can go on to achieve close to what many of the past winners have achieved in their careers. 2012 has been a very enjoyable year for me and I look forward to building on the progress that I have made in 2012 and the season ahead.”
And what were Robson’s personal highlights from her breakthrough season?
“There have been a few great moments this past year; making the Olympic team and coming away with a silver medal in the mixed doubles, partnering Andy Murray, was a very special moment for me and gave me the extra bit of confidence that helped me play some of my best tennis at the US Open. I reached my first WTA semifinal in Palermo earlier in the year along with my first WTA final in Guangzhou and finished the year with a career-high ranking.
“I am working hard and it’s nice that the hard work is paying off!”
More hard work lies ahead for the Brit, but with her talent and confidence coming into 2013, the world expects more.