Robson and Watson provide hope of a glittering grand slam future

TEEN sensation Laura Robson intends to provide the British women’s game with another shot in the arm at the US Open when she locks horns with 30th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues.

The 17-year-old, along with Heather Watson, who pushed Maria Sharapova to the brink in their epic first round clash on Monday, look set to provide Britain with two genuine grand slam contenders in the future.

Robson benefited from the retirement of Japan’s Ayumi Morita on Monday, and claims she’s not done yet ahead of her second round clash with the Spaniard Garrigues.

“Having played three matches already in qualifying on these courts, I know how they play and how the balls play,” she said.

“It makes it easier for me because all the main draw players won’t have played a match on these courts already.”

Heather Watson
Born in Guernsey, Watson, 19, is ranked the third best female tennis player in Britain. Aged 12, Watson left home to join the famed Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy in Florida. Watson won the 2009 girls US Open and claimed gold at the 2008 Commonwealth Youth Games.

Laura Robson
Born in Melbourne, Robson moved to Singapore aged six and was soon identified as a child prodigy. She signed a deal with Adidas aged 11 and turned pro in 2008 after winning a string of junior titles including Wimbledon three years ago. She is currently ranked 173rd in the world.