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Britain's lack of top female tennis players proves disappointing

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At last the wait was over. In 2013, for the first time in 77 years, we were finally able to see a British man win Wimbledon.

Andy Murray's victory over Novak Djokovic was an emphatic triumph, yet it looks to be some years before we are able to see a female British winner at Wimbledon. 

The young Laura Robson had an excellent run at the same tournament, reaching the fourth round before falling to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

While it can be argued that at just 20-years-old Robson still has it all to come, with the likes of world number one Serena Williams having recently seen her career earnings surpass $55 million, it seems it will be extremely hard for the Brit to breakthrough.

When Wimbledon first began, it was dominated by a number of Brits as they made up the majority of the draw.

Now though, for the women's half in particular, the USA dominate thanks to the might of Williams and her sister Venus being inspired by fellow American Martina Navratilova who commanded the title during the 1980s.

The last British woman to win the title was the well-known Virginia Wade in 1977. Now though, for many it would be difficult to list the current top British female tennis players bar Robson, with the lesser-known number two behind her - Johanna Konta - ranked just 115th in the world.

Tennis is a sport of high demand all-year round with the rare gaps in between major tournaments filled with intense training sessions. However, as the Williams sisters have proved, years of hard work can result in several years at the top. 

Looking ahead to this summer's home tournament we will of course hope that Robson can progress even further. However with someone who is world number one having been so strong for fifteen years, we surely won't be seeing a British female recreating Murray's magic a year on. 

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