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Britain's Laura Robson and Oliver Golding lose in semis

Wimbledon Championships
Venue: All England Club, London Date: 21 June - 4 July
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Britain's Laura Robson during her girls' singles semi-final defeat at Wimbledon
Robson won the girls' singles title at Wimbledon in 2008

By Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

British duo Laura Robson and Oliver Golding missed out on their respective junior finals when they each lost their semi-finals in straight sets.

Eighth seed Robson was beaten 7-5 7-6 by 10th seed Sachie Ishizu from Japan while unseeded Golding fell 6-2 6-2 to unseeded Australian Benjamin Mitchell.

Robson could not consolidate breaks when she made them and also failed to take two set points in the second set.

Golding was broken twice in the first set and at the start of the second.

The Briton was also not helped by a series of double faults and lost in 54 minutes.

Robson's match featured several breaks of serve.

Paula Radcliffe's advice for Laura Robson

The 16-year-old was broken in the second game but broke straight back and then broke again to lead 5-4. However Ishizu conjured an immediate break, survived a break point and broke Robson again to win three games in a row and take the first set.

Robson broke once again at the very start of the second set but again surrendered the advantage and threw down her racquet in anger.

The Briton saved two break points in the sixth game but was broken on a third before breaking back to trail 4-3.

Robson then broke to lead 5-4 and had two set points to take the match into a decider but could not take them and eventually lost in a tie-break.

Afterwards she admitted that she may not enter the junior competition again next year, saying: "I wouldn't think so but we'll see then, it's a long time away."

Instead Robson, who is restricted as to the number of women's Tour events she can compete in because of her age, is going to concentrate on climbing the senior rankings.

She added: "I've got four tournaments for the rest of the year but within the rules if I get into the US Open and Australian Open on my own ranking it doesn't count as one of the four.

606: DEBATE

"So I'm going to try to get into the US Open on my own ranking. I'm going to play Challengers in England in a few weeks, and then after January I'll have the new year of tournaments after my birthday."

Her day was also slightly improved by the meeting David Beckham, who was at the All England Club to watch Andy Murray take on Rafael Nadal.

"I got a picture with him and that brightened up my day so much," she said.

Meanwhile Golding revealed that he felt he put almost too much effort into his match, saying: "I wanted to play well so badly that almost I think it probably stopped me from playing well. But the more times I get in those sort of situations, the more I'm going to deal with them in a better way.

"I wasn't feeling that great out there on the court. I wasn't hitting the ball that cleanly. Maybe on a different day, if I'd been playing as well as I played in the other rounds, I would have had a chance.

British junior Oliver Golding in his boys' singles semi-final at Wimbledon
Golding beat world number one Jason Kubler in the last 16

"I've got to give some credit to him as well because I think he played a great match."

The 16-year-old Londoner said that he would take confidence for the future.

"I thought I coped with playing in front of the big crowds and the pressure pretty well. I served out a couple of matches really well so I've taken a lot of things from this week.

"It makes you want to keep going. It makes you want to have more of these weeks. You've just got to keep that in your head the whole time.

"It would have been great to have won the tournament, but I've got another year next year. I'll be back to try to win it then."

He added: "Not everything is bad in British tennis. There's a lot of us in this sort of age group. I think there could be some good results in the future."

There was better news for British tennis fans in the boys' doubles quarter-finals as Liam Broady and Tom Farquharson came through 6-3 4-6 6-2 against Brazilian duo Guilherme Clezar and Tiago Fernandes.

But Richard Gabb and Ashley Hewitt failed to join them in the semi-finals, suffering a 6-4 6-4 loss to the Russian partnership of Mikhail Biryukov and Alexander Rumyantsev.



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