Laura Robson is a British tennis player, born on January 21, 1994 in Melbourne. She is the third child of Australian parents Andrew, an oil executive with Royal Dutch Shell, and Kathy Robson, a sports coach and former professional basketball player. Laura Robson and her family moved from Melbourne to Singapore when she was 18 months old, and then to the United Kingdom when she was six.
According to her parents, she began playing tennis «as soon as she could hold a tennis racquet», and after being encouraged by them, she entered a junior tennis academy at age seven. She signed with management company Octagon when she was ten, with Adidas at age 11, and also signed a racquet deal with Wilson Sporting Goods.
Laura Robson debuted on the ITF Junior Tour in 2007, and a year later won the Wimbledon Junior Girls’ Championship at the age of 14. As a junior, Laura Robson also twice reached the final of the girls’ singles tournament at the Australian Open, in 2009 and 2010. She won her first tournament on the ITF Women’s Circuit in November 2008.
In singles tennis, Laura Robson was the first British woman since Samantha Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 to reach the fourth round of a Grand Slam tournament, doing so at the 2012 US Open and the 2013 Wimbledon Championships. At the 2012 Guangzhou Women’s Open, Laura Robson became the first British woman since Jo Durie in 1990 to reach a WTA Tour final, where she lost to Hsieh Su-wei. She was named WTA Newcomer of the Year for 2012 and reached a career-high singles ranking of world No. 27 the following year.
Laura Robson suffered from various injuries throughout the 2014 and 2015 seasons, notably to her left wrist for which she had surgery in April 2014, resulting in multiple prolonged absences from the WTA Tour. She dropped out of the world rankings in early 2015, returning at No. 906 in July 2015. Since returning to full-time tennis in January 2016 post-injury, Laura Robson has struggled with form and not managed to return to the top 150 in singles tennis. In July 2018, Robson underwent hip surgery. After eight months recovering from surgery, she returned to tennis on 12 February 2019 at the 60,000 USD in Shrewsbury, losing to Liechtenstein’s Kathinka von Deichmann in three sets. Laura Robson’s world ranking at this point was 511.