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Brits lose despite Robson's heroics

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Laura Robson stunned Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez in the singles but Britain lost the final of the Hopman Cup 2-1 to Spain.

The British duo of Robson and Andy Murray looked in decent form all week and they made it through to the final with victory over Russia.
But Saturday's showpiece was one match too many, although it was, surprisingly, Murray's defeat in the singles that turned the match in the Spaniards' favour.
The world number four was expected to ease past Tommy Robredo to give the Brits an unassailable 2-0 lead and the title but he was beaten 6-1 4-6 3-6 to set up a decider in the doubles.
Robson, 15, had earlier turned the form book on its head with a stunning 6-1 7-6 (8-6) defeat of world number 26 Martinez Sanchez - ranked 377 places above her - in the ladies singles.
Murray looked to be well on the way to securing the title when he took the first set against Robredo but he could not sustain his level and lost the next two.
And it was a case of missed opportunities for Murray and Robson in the doubles as they squandered three set points in the opener before falling 7-6 (8-6) 7-5 to the Spanish pair.
Despite the defeat, Robson was delighted with her performance as she peaked at the right time in the tournament.
"I was pretty nervous in the end but I just tried to keep going for my shots,'' she said. "It was pretty convenient that the only match I won was in the final so I'm happy.
"I thought I played well, especially in the first set. I think I completely dominated.''

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