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Robson out to inspire girls

British No 2 Laura Robson hopes to encourage more girls to take up tennis following her rapid rise up the rankings.

She became the first British woman since Jo Durie, in 1990, to reach a WTA main-tour final at the Guangzhou Women's Open last year, before claiming a silver medal in the mixed doubles at the London Olympics alongside Andy Murray.

Robson broke into the top 50 for the first time in her career after reaching the third round of the Australian Open in January and is currently world No 43.

The 19-year-old also revealed that her family has had a big influence on her sporting career after they introduced her to the sport at the age of six at a local club in Singapore.

She told Sky Sports: "I come from a very sporty family so I was always doing a lot of sports. I did swimming, I did hockey at school and netball and everything basically.

"Everything that I could do, I did. I just stuck with tennis because I enjoyed it the most.

"I always want to get more kids involved. The main thing that I always wanted to do when I was learning to play was beat my brother, so if anyone has any siblings, just get them involved and your competitive streak will come out."