Rankings revival: Watson and Robson become first top-50 British pair in 25 years
22:41 GMT, 7 January 2013
02:39 GMT, 8 January 2013
Heather Watson and Laura Robson continue to take British women’s tennis back to the Eighties, this time becoming the first British pair to reach the top 50 together in more than 25 years.
The new WTA rankings yesterday showed that Robson (50th) had joined No 47 Watson in the top 50 just ahead of next week’s Australian Open, thereby emulating Jo Durie and Sara Gomer, who were there, in tandem, in 1987.
If either turns out to be as good as Durie, the former world No 5, then they will not have done badly, and at 18 and 20 years old respectively there is plenty of time.
History: Laura Robson (above) and Heather Watson (below) are the first British female pair to be ranked in the top 50 together in 25 years
Both were named yesterday by captain Judy Murray in the GB team for the Fed Cup tie against Israel next month.
Murray also included Anne Keothavong, currently world No 142, and debutant Australia-born Johanna Konta, who qualified for Britain in May and is ranked at 153.
Konta is hoping to qualify this week for the Australian Open.
Seasoned campaigner Elena Baltacha is injured – her ranking is now 183 – but she will also travel with the team.