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Andy Murray and Laura Robson set to play in Hopman Cup

Laura Robson and Andy Murray
Robson and Murray shone in the tournament in 2010

Andy Murray and Laura Robson will team up to represent Britain in the Hopman Cup in Australia in January 2011.

The British duo made it into the final of the eight-team tournament in 2010 where they were beaten 2-1 by Spain.

The event, which is viewed as a warm-up for the Australian Open, will also feature players such as Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams and Justine Henin.

Tournament director Paul McNamee said he was delighted to see British number one Murray return to the event.

McNamee stated: "He is a rare talent so we are delighted he is coming back."

Defending champions Spain are not expected to play in the tournament.

Robson, ranked 201 in the world, was in action at the HP Open in Osaka on Tuesday but lost in the opening round to Kimiko Date Krumm.

The 16-year-old initially held serve against the 40-year-old from Japan but was broken in the seventh game of the opening set.

Krumm, the sixth seed, broke again to take the set and twice more in the second to seal a 6-3 6-3 victory in 63 minutes.

It was the second time in three weeks that former junior Wimbledon champion Robson had qualified for a WTA event.

The Londoner also came through qualifying at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo in September, before losing in the first round to Hungary's Greta Arn.

However, Robson was forced to retire from her second-round match in the Japan Open at the beginning of October after suffering from dehydration.



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