Laura Robson named top newcomer
British star Laura Robson has been named as the WTA's newcomer of the year for 2012.
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The 18-year-old enjoyed her breakthrough season on the main tour, most notably winning an Olympic silver medal in mixed doubles with Andy Murray and reaching the last 16 of the US Open with a stunning run which included victories over both Kim Clijsters and Li Na.
Robson also made her first WTA final in Guangzhou, China, becoming the first Briton to reach a WTA final in 22 years.
In the last 15 years, Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova and Petra Kvitova have all won the award and backed it up by capturing their first Grand Slam title the following season. Kim Clijsters and Caroline Wozniacki are other notable recipients.
Robson, who finished the year ranked 53rd in the world rankings, 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 that 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.
"2012 has been a very enjoyable year for me and I look forward to building on the progress that I have made in 2012 and the season ahead."
Robson will open her 2013 season in Shenzhen, China, a tournament which starts in December 31.
The award, for which Robson's fellow Briton Heather Watson was also shortlisted, was decided by a vote among members of the tennis media.