Teen sensation Robson heads to sunshine of Florida after stunning year on court
22:30 GMT, 15 November 2012
Everyone will have their own special memory of 2012 and for Laura Robson it will be sitting down at the changeover during her Olympics match against Maria Sharapova, a contest in which she ran the Russian desperately close.
'The roof had been closed and the crowd were all chanting my name, it was emotional and I got goosebumps,' recalled Robson, who will soon be swapping the English winter for Florida sunshine.
So enamoured was she by the Olympic experience that Rio is already on her mind, and aside from winning Wimbledon, getting a gold medal to add to her London 2012 silver has usurped any other ambition.
Highlight: Laura Robson ran Maria Sharapova close at the Olympics
Right now no conversation with Robson, who was reclining at the National Tennis Centre in Roehampton, can be complete without reference to her rival Heather Watson, which is likely provide British tennis with its most intriguing and long running narrative in years.
At the same Olympics that so thrilled her, there was also a test to their friendship when Andy Murray was forced to choose between the two for his mixed doubles partner and plumped for Robson, a decision that reduced Watson to tears.
The eventual silver medal suggested he made the correct call, but Robson sympathises with her peer, and also conceded that it may not be the last time their relationship comes under strain due to the pressures of such an intensely competitive individual sport.
'It was totally understandable for Heather to want to play, I would have felt the same,' said Robson. 'She was the No 1 ranked singles and doubles player. I wasn't involved in the process of making the decision but I'm obviously very happy to have been picked.
'We are both competitive people but we want each other to do well. If we both push on next year then it will be really good. I'm not looking at her training thinking “I should be doing that”. So far it has been easy (staying friends). I don't know if it will be harder as we get older but I hope it stays the same.'
Silver lining: Robson partnered Andy Murray in the doubles in London
For the next month the pair will be on opposite sides of Florida doing their winter training with Watson, who has finished the year four places higher at 49, practising at the IMG Academy near Tampa while Robson will be at the Evert headquarters in Boca Raton. Murray will be further south in Miami.
Robson earned just shy of 189,000 in official prize money alone this season, and now she will be preparing with the full accompaniment of back-up befitting a top player, meaning an all-Croatian team of a hitting partner, physical trainer and her coach Zeljko Krajan.
The latter is a notoriously hard taskmaster, whose intensity at times proved too much for former charges such as Dinara Safina and Dominika Cibulkova. However, his arrival in August coincided with the best form of her life, although another factor was unquestionably the luxury of having her first sustained injury-free period on the tour.
'So far he has been pretty relaxed with me, I don't know if that's on purpose,' says Robson. 'Hopefully I haven't been stressing him out too much.'
Her regular encounters with the treatment table are why she is reluctant to set too many goals for a 2013 that is so rich in promise following her fourth round showing at the US Open when she upset both Kim Clijsters and Li Na.
Making progress: Laura Robson
'I haven't had any niggles since Wimbledon which is a record for me, so I haven't set goals yet. Getting seeded in the Grand Slams would be a good thing but if I say I'll get seeded by Roland Garros then I might get injured again.'
To prevent any recurrence and to further improve her key area of movement she is in the midst of a punishing training regime which sees her flopping into bed at nine o'clock every night, with the occasional treat of attending a film or fashion show.
Robson could still have been playing in the juniors this year, but instead is the highest ranked 18 year-old in the world, so far pulling off the trick of remaining perfectly well-adjusted while managing that.
During last month's Beijing tournament she used her free time making a pop video of fellow players, including Sharapova, Watson and Fernando Verdasco doing the Gangnam-style dance that she edited on her I-pad and has proved a hit on YouTube
'There isn't a load of stuff to do in China so you've got to make your own entertainment,' she explained.
Despite the frequent injuries, Robson has broadly halved her ranking each year since 2008. It is not committing the old British sin of getting too carried away to think the same will happen next season.