Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Robson Will Soar after Rocking New York, Says Captain Murray

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Robson Will Soar after Rocking New York, Says Captain Murray

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Byline: Chris Jones Tennis Correspondent at Flushing Meadows

[bar] UDY MURRAY today predicted Laura Robson will build on her amazing US Open campaign which ended in a fourth-round defeat by Sam Stosur.

Britain's Fed Cup captain was here in New York for the first week of the tournament and watched on television as the 18-year-old lost 6-4, 6-4 against the defending champion last night after saving eight match points.

Robson has thrived under new coach Zeljko Krajan and will move 14 places up the rankings to No75 after defeating triple US champion Kim Clijsters and La Ni, the 2011 French Open winner.

Murray told Standard Sport: "It has been an incredible tournament for Laura and she has proved she can trouble the world's best. I am sure this run will give her loads of belief and that together with her new coach she will use this as a platform to develop her game even further. She has a big game and very bright future. My message to her is: Look back and smile Robbo -- you rocked the Big Apple!" This was the first time Robson had reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam and although there was regret over the manner of her defeat, she still had plenty to be proud of.

"I am disappointed because I didn't play as well as I did in my last three matches," she said. "I just hit too many unforced errors but it has been a good tournament for me and I can definitely take heart from the fact that I am up there with the top girls. I had two really, really great wins and a tough match against Sam.

"I can take a lot of confidence going into my next tournaments and I will try to play as well as I did here. I've always felt the level to play with the top girls has always been there; it has just been putting it into the matches and managing to keep it for the whole match." Robson's next clashes are in Asia, where she will compete in four successive tournaments, but today she was undergoing a bit of retail therapy. …

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