Britain's next big tennis hope Robson wins low-profile debut

Eight days after Andy Murray featured in the U.S. Open final, British tennis's likeliest next big star yesterday made her professional debut with infinitely less fanfare.

Laura Robson

Big hitter? Wimbledon girl's champion Laura Robson made a winning start to her professional career

Laura Robson, still just 14, embarked on the quest for her first ranking points by playing entirely unannounced at the obscure $10,000 Gaz de France Open in Limoges.

And the Wimbledon junior champion got her first points, beating Alice Balducci of Italy, ranked 875 in the world, 6-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the first round on Tuesday night.

The promise of Robson is one reason why the Lawn Tennis Association were yesterday able to unveil a £25 million sponsorship deal with Edinburgh-based insurance group AEGON.

As part of the deal, the pre-Wimbledon grass court tournament at Queen's Club will go from being the Artois Championships to the AEGON Championships.

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