TEENAGE sensation Laura Robson tomorrow bids to become the first British singles winner at Wimbledon since 1984.
Through to the girls’ singles final, she gave yet another accomplished performance in the press room this afternoon.
I asked her if she could sum up how it feels to get to a Wimbledon final.
“Really, really good. It’s just an overwhelming experience,” she smiled.
“There were so many people watching me today.
“The crowd and the support is really good.”
Laura defeated Romana Tabakova, 17, of Slovakia in straight sets 6-2 7-5 in front of a packed Court Three.
In the eighth game of the second set her opponent was booed after she resorted to an underhand serve which left Laura stranded on the baseline.
“That was the first time I’ve ever seen that in my life. But it worked, so fair play to her,” said Laura.
“But I don’t think the crowd liked it very much.
“After that point I was just thinking, ‘If she’s that desperate, I must be in a good situation.'”
She faces third seed Noppawan Lertcheewakarn, 16, of Thailand, the girl who defeated Stockport’s Naomi Broady, 18, in the quarter finals.
“I think I will be quite nervous, but I’m just going to try to put that in the back of my head.
“It’s indescribable, the feeling – I’ve got so many supporters, So I’m just going to try to play the best that I can.”
Annabel Croft was the last Briton to win the girls’ singles title 24 years ago, also the last British success in any of the singles competitions.
Australian-born Laura moved to the UK with her family when she was six and lives five minutes walk from the All England Club.
Still to lose a set, she will gain a wild card entry into next year’s main women’s singles draw if she wins.
Asked about all the media attention, Laura replied: “I try not to think about it too much.
“But it’s nice in a way because that means that everyone’s thinking you are really good. So I take it as a compliment.”
A place in the final also means an invite to the Wimbledon Champions’ Ball.
So win or lose, there will be shopping to do on Sunday.
“I’m looking for something a bit simple,” Laura said in answer to a fashion question which had the serious tennis writers rolling their eyes in disgust.
“I remember last year Jankovic wore a bright pink dress. I don’t think I’ll be going down that route,” she smiled.
Has she got her eye on anybody to take to the ball?
Laura smiled again. “No. Apart from Safin.”
At her press conference on Thursday she informed us: “I’m watching what I say.
“I made a comment which I shouldn’t have about how I thought one of the umpires wasn’t really seeing that well.”
I don’t think she needs to worry.
The fans were clamouring for her autograph today…and telling Laura they loved her.