Laura Robson Cracks Top 100

  • Last Updated: June 25 2012, 1:35 BST

Laura Robson has broken into the world's top 100 for the first time and become the new British number two ahead of Wimbledon.

Laura Robson: Ranking climb

Having qualified and then made the second round of the AEGON International in Eastbourne, the Londoner is now ranked 97th and at just 18 is the youngest player in the top 100.

She has overtaken compatriots Elena Baltacha and Heather Watson, who are 101st and 103rd respectively, leaving Anne Keothavong (77) as the only Briton ahead of her on the ranking list.

The landmark for Robson comes at almost exactly the same age Andy Murray first broke into the top 100, with the Scot two-and-a-half weeks younger when he made the leap in October 2005.

Robson has continued to struggle with niggling injuries but she has had a good last couple of months, making the main draw at the French Open for the first time and winning main-draw matches in both Birmingham and Eastbourne.

That helped the teenager, who faces former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the first round at Wimbledon, jump 14 places in the rankings, while 20-year-old Watson went up seven spots after also making the second round at Eastbourne.

British men's number three Jamie Baker also had a notable week on the south coast, beating Donald Young and taking a set off Philipp Kohlschreiber, and that has helped him to a career-high ranking of 186.