Battling Laura Robson has big plans for the future

By Mike Donovan

Laura Robson believes she can become world No 1 and Britain's first Wimbledon champion since Virginia Wade in 1977.

Schoolgirl Robson, 17, tested former title holder Maria Sharapova in their second-round showdown on No 1 Court on Friday.

Sharapova described her as having 'great potential' and Robson, a Junior Wimbledon winner at 14, said: 'I want to be No 1 in the world. It is the dream of every British player to win Wimbledon.

Shake on it: Sharapova was impressed by Robson

Shake on it: Sharapova was impressed by Robson

'I aim to work hard, keep doing well, then hopefully I'll get there one day. I know I have to play all the lower tournaments to get my ranking up so I can play tournaments like Wimbledon regularly.

'I'm extra motivated from playing Maria on No 1 Court and want to get back there. I hope I'll not need a wild card next time.

'I didn't surprise myself against Maria. I knew from how I'd been practising and from my opening round that I could play well. I started aggressively and kept it up.'

Robson, who has grown six inches to six-foot in the past year, said: 'It's amazing what Maria did by winning Wimbledon at 17. But I don't think it is possible to win any Grand Slam at that age now, because the game is so physical.'

Yesterday, Robson and Anne Keothavong went out of the doubles to Olga Govortsova, of Belarus, and Russian Alla Kudryavtseva, 7-5, 6-2.