Laura Robson has been rewarded for her breakthrough campaign with a WTA Tour award

Last Updated: 27/11/12 1:08pm

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British youngster Laura Robson has been named the WTA Tour's newcomer of the year for the 2012 season.

The 18-year-old edged out her fellow Brit Heather Watson for the award after a very successful campaign in which she climbed from 131 in the world rankings to 53.

Robson defeated Grand Slam winners Kim Clijsters and Li Na during her march to the fourth round of the US Open, won an Olympic silver medal in doubles with Andy Murray, and became the first British woman to make a singles final at a WTA Tour event in 22 years in Guangzhou.

And Watson had an excellent season too, going one better than Robson by winning a WTA title in Osaka in October and finishing the year as the World No 49.

But it is Robson who has become the first British player to claim one of the WTA awards since Virginia Wade was named player of the year back in 1977.

Previous winners of the newcomer of the year include multiple Grand Slam champions Clijsters, Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, Martina Hingis and Jennifer Capriati.

And Robson said: "It's a huge honour to have won the 2012 WTA Newcomer Of The Year award.

"I looked at the list of past winners and it's certainly a very impressive line-up, which includes many of my idols growing up. I hope that I can go on to achieve close to what many of the past winners have achieved in their careers."

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