24 Sep 2012

Teen tennis star Robson reaches Guangzhou final

5:55 am on 24 September 2012

Rising tennis star Laura Robson has become the first British woman since 1990 to reach a main tour singles final after she defeated Sorana Cirstea 6-4 6-2 in the WTA Guangzhou Open.

The 18-year-old world number 74 convincingly beat her Romanian opponent in a one-and-a-half hour semi-final in the southern Chinese city.

The Londoner had beaten second seed Zheng Jie of China 6-3 6-3 to reach the quarter finals, before defeating Zheng's compatriot, seventh seed Peng Shuai 7-5 5-7 6-2 in three-and-a-half-hours.

The WTA's youngest Top 100 player will face Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan in the final.

Reaching the final in Guangzhou is another landmark in a superb season in which Robson claimed Olympic silver in the mixed doubles with Andy Murray and reached the US Open last 16.

The teenager is the first British woman to contest a WTA tour singles final since Jo Durie at Newport in the US in 1990.

Robson became British number one earlier this month after she defeated Kim Clijsters and Li Na during her impressive US Open run.