Tennis - Robson: My dad still takes me to the bank

British starlet Laura Robson hopes to build on an eye-opening 2012, though her lifestyle in many ways remains that of your everyday teen.

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The 18-year-old moved with her family to England after being born in Melbourne, Australia, and after winning Junior Wimbledon in 2008, has enjoyed a breakout year on the senior circuit.

Completing appearances in the main draw of every Grand Slam, Robson went on to stun a more established mixed doubles field with men’s singles gold medallist Andy Murray, eventually taking silver.

Robson would then become the first British woman in 14 years to reach the fourth round of a major tournament, stunning Kim Clijsters en route in what would be the former champion’s final match before retirement at the US Open.

A first WTA main-tour final for any British female since Jo Durie in 1990 would follow in Guangzhou, and many now have high hopes for her momentum to continue in 2013.

But the events of the past 12 months have not led to Robson catching the superstar bug.

In fact, her father Andrew still helps manage her finances, and accompanied her on a recent trip to see her bank manager.

She explained: "Almost 30% of footballers end up going bankrupt, so my dad is being very, very cautious – not that I would ever go crazy.

"You just have to be aware that it is such a short career and you have to do as much as you can to save. But as for being a millionaire – I wish!”

"I'm paying for my own flights, so it's definitely economy. I've never really suffered from jet lag. I have the gift of being able to sleep anywhere; even in cars on the way to the airport, I'm fast asleep.

“I like the window seat, and I just don't get up for eight hours. On the way to China, I slept for a solid 12 hours."

As for what her new Croatian coach Zeljko Krajan makes of the cost-cutting and its potential effect on her performances: "He has to deal with it,” she said. “Business class is too expensive for my ranking."

The world number 52 revealed that her underdog status has allowed her to relax without pressure on the court, though the Clijsters win was an example of her peculiar methods to maintain focus.

"That was the first time I'd played on Arthur Ashe so you have to enjoy yourself when you're on there,” Robson told The Observer.

“It was after the first set and they played a Taylor Swift song, and I was singing on along to it. I looked up at Abi (Tordoff, her agent) and she was giggling.

“Then I thought, no, I shouldn't be singing this song. So, after that, I tried to focus a little bit more."

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