Laura Robson (born 21 January 1994) is a British tennis player, who is the current no. 1 ranked female player in Britain. She debuted on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) junior tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls' Championship at the age of 14. As a junior, she also twice reached the final of the girls' singles tournament at the Australian Open, in 2009 and 2010. She won her first professional tournament in November 2008. As of 20 May 2013, Robson had a career high rank on the WTA singles tour of 35. Her doubles tour rank at 8 April 2013 was a career high of 90 after reaching the final of the 2013 Miami Masters with partner Lisa Raymond. She won a silver medal playing with Andy Murray in the mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics, with whom she also reached the 2010 Hopman Cup final.
Robson has appeared at least once in the main draw of every Grand Slam, with her biggest success coming at the 2012 US Open where she made the fourth round. In doing so, she became the first British woman since Samantha Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 to reach the fourth round of a major tournament. At the 2012 Guangzhou Women's Open, Robson became the first British woman since Jo Durie, in 1990, to reach a WTA main-tour final. She was named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2012.
Robson plays left-handed, with a two-handed backhand. One of her strengths is her "dominant" serve.She is also noted for having an aggressive forehand return, which has been described as "fierce" and "superb". However, she has been criticised for having "poor lateral movement". She has been praised for showing "extraordinary poise", and having "the attitude and technique required of a leading player". Commentator Simon Reed said that she "has every tool she needs", and former Grand Slam champion Pat Cash called her "a special talent" who "seems to have all the attributes to progress". Current WTA player Ana Ivanović said that Robson "hits the ball really, really hard", former top British player Samantha Smith said that "she doesn't have any weaknesses at all", and Serena Williams stated that Robson is just an "all-around good player".