Robson vows to make rapid progress

08 January 2013 08:47:52 EST

Laura Robson has predicted that she will move further up the world rankings this year and says her aim is to reach a Grand Slam final.

The 18-year-old, who was included in the world's top 50 for the first time in her career on Monday, reached the fourth round of the US Open last year, beating Kim Clijsters and Li Na along the way, and can be backed at 80/1 to win this month's Australian Open.

It's a big jump but I can go a lot further.

Laura Robson

Sam Stosur eventually knocked Robson out in New York but, several weeks earlier, Robson and Andy Murray, 5/2 to clinch the Australian Open title, had won the silver medal in the mixed doubles at the London Olympics.

In September, Robson became the first British woman in 22 years to reach a WTA final and she is determined to build on the success she achieved last year, in 2013.

"I really want to be in a final like Andy Murray one day," she said. "That's my goal, really. That's what I'm working towards. At the end of 2011 my ranking was 125. Twelve months on I'm 50 in the world. It's a big jump but I can go a lot further.

"I'm the second youngest player in the top 100. A German girl, Annika Beck, also made it at 78 and she's three weeks younger than me.

"I'm working on my mobility every day. I really want to chase down balls and make it difficult for my opponent.

"I'm hungry to get out there and win lots of matches. I can't wait to get started again."

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