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Robson bans mother from joining Wimbledon party

Laura Robson admitted she is ready to ban her mum from watching her at Wimbledon after the teenager became the first British woman to reach the fourth round in 15 years on Saturday.

Laura Robson
Laura Robson celebrates match point against NZ’s Marina Erakovic. PIC/Getty Images

Robson showed tremendous tenacity to come from a set and 3-5 down to defeat Marina Erakovic (NZ) 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 on Court Two.

The 19-year-old will face either Alison Riske or Kaia Kanepi, a former quarter-finalist.Sam Smith, in 1998, was the last British woman to make the last 16 at Wimbledon.

Robson, currently ranked 38 in the world, will also break into the top 30 after the tournament, the first British woman to break that barrier since Jo Durie in April 1987.

The Australia-born youngster, who won junior Wimbledon in 2008, has made her historic run without the support of her mother Kathy, who has remained at home in Greece, because she couldn’t get a sitter for the family’s dogs.

Asked if her mum would fly into London for the second week of Wimbledon, Robson said she would prefer to maintain her current routine without any
family interruptions.

Break in rhythm
“I don't think so. I’m doing okay without her here,” she said. “Because then like it’s a whole other situation and it breaks your rhythm a little bit. So you need to have the exact same thing all the time.”

Robson underlined her potential at the US Open last year, when she defeated Kim Clijsters and Li Na en route to the last 16, but she claimed her presence in the second week at Wimbledon felt like the real deal.

“It’s now my second time in the second week of a slam, so that’s pretty cool... except at the US Open I played on the Sunday, so it didn’t quite feel like a second week, and my brother said it didn’t count!” Robson said.
 

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