Robson handed Open chance
Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:59
The 15-year-old has been partnering Andy Murray at the Hopman Cup in Perth this week and in Saturday’s final claimed the biggest scalp of her fledgling career when she beat world number 26 Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-1 7-6 (8/6).
Qualifying for the Australian Open begins on January 14 and the 403rd-ranked Robson will need to negotiate three rounds to reach the main draw at Melbourne Park.
“Laura has had a quick rise on the international scene and deserves this opportunity,” said Australian Open tournament director Craig Tiley.
“We’re excited that we can recognise her success and look forward to seeing her in Melbourne.”
Robson’s only previous appearance at senior level in a grand slam came at Wimbledon last year when she was handed a wild card into the main draw before losing to Daniela Hantuchova in the first round.
She came to prominence by winning the girls’ singles title at Wimbledon in 2008.