Photo: Paul ZimmerLaura Robson (GBR)
LONDON, GREAT BRITAIN: Great Britain’s Laura Robson has been handed a place in the women’s singles draw following the withdrawal of Croatia’s Petra Martic from a foot injury.
The announcement comes three days after teammate Heather Watson also made it into the singles draw due to Alona Bondarenko’s withdrawal.
Great Britain now have a full quota of women in the singles draw, with Robson and Watson joining Elena Baltacha and Anne Keothavong for the Olympic Tennis Event which starts on Saturday. All four women are making their Olympic debut at London 2012.
Robson, who was drafted in as the next highest ranked singles player on site, is ranked 96 and reached her first ever tour semifinal two weeks ago in Palermo on clay.
The 18-year old Robson is no stranger to the lawns of The All England Club. In 2008, she became the first British junior Wimbledon champion in 24 years when she won the girls’ title. In 2009 she made her Wimbledon main draw debut as a wildcard, and in 2011, posted her only match win to date at pro level at Wimbledon when she beat Germany’s Angelique Kerber from a set down.
Robson will face current world No. 23 Lucie Safarova of Czech Republic in her opening match on Sunday, but first will play her doubles match on Saturday with partner Watson against eighth seeds Nuria Llagostera Vives and Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez of Spain.