Can you recognize this smile? Those are the bright whites of Laura Robson, who is now a 18-year-old ousting Grand Slam champions this fortnight at the US Open. After ending Kim Clijsters' singles career at least a few days earlier than everyone expected, Laura went on to eliminate French Open champion Li Na in the third round, while title defender Samantha Stosur could be the young Briton's next victim. Therefore, I chose this as the perfect occasion to feature Laura in our favorite Childhood Photos of Women's Tennis Players series.
The Melbourne-born Londoner was introduced to tennis at the age of six, three years after Kim Clijsters started her professional career and a year after Li Na turned pro! So far, the British left-hander was stating playing on Wimbledon Center Court as her most memorable moment, but that must have changed, not only because of this US Open success, but also because she won a silver medal in mixed doubles at the 2012 London Olympics with Andy Murray.
At No.89, Robson is currently the youngest player in the WTA Top 100.
Don't forget to browse through the Childhood Photos series, so far we've featured most women's tennis stars, including the three Grand Slam champions mentioned in this article:
- Kim Clijsters as a girl
- Little Li Na in bell pants
- Adorable Samantha Stosur with long blond wavy hair
(photos via Forty Deuce)