Wimbledon: Laura Robson calls for an Olympic-style atmosphere

Last Updated: 25/06/13 4:16pm

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Laura Robson: The British No 1 is ready to give everything

Laura Robson: The British No 1 is ready to give everything

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Laura Robson has called on the Wimbledon crowds to help inspire her through her daunting first round test against 10th seed Maria Kirilenko.

The British No 1, who has shot into the world's top 50 on the WTA tour, has been preparing under temporary coach Miles Maclagan for what will be her 11th Grand Slam appearance.

And 37th-ranked Robson believes the fervour that saw her and Andy Murray overcome stiff opposition to reach the Olympic mixed doubles final last August can help inspire her on Tuesday.

"The home crowd? I love it," Robson said. "The Olympics last year was like the best crowd any of the Brits has ever had. It would be great if they brought that kind of atmosphere on Tuesday. But any support is good support.

"I think there was a lot of people at the Olympics who hadn't been to a tennis match before. I think they got into it a bit more."

"The Olympics last year was like the best crowd any of the Brits has ever had. It would be great if they brought that kind of atmosphere on Tuesday. But any support is good support."
Laura Robson

The British No 1 would love Wimbledon to be a sea of red, white and blue and God Save The Queen-bellowing partisanship when she begins her campaign.

"Everyone was obviously very patriotic at the time," Robson said. "There was a group of people that sang the national anthem at my first match. I don't think that's going to be happening on Tuesday.

"Maria is playing very well at the moment. She's had some good results this year. It's going to be tough.

"I just have to go out there with confidence and play my own game, and just give everything."

Robson knocked out Kim Clijsters and Li Na to reach the fourth round of the US Open just weeks after the Olympics last year, and midway through an inconsistent season she knows she will need to be as bold against Kirilenko as she was to beat those star names.

"I think if you play anybody ranked higher than you, you have to go out there with that mindset," Robson added.

"I've beaten higher-ranked players before. I think a lot of people are expecting me to do pretty well here. I'm just going to focus on my own thing."

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