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The women’s world No 1 position was up for grabs yesterday but it is no surprise that there were will not be a change when the updated rankings are announced today. Maria Sharapova would have regained top spot if she had won the title in Madrid, but unfortunately for the 26-year-old Russian she was up against Serena Williams.

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Laura Robson of Great Britain plays a backhand in her match against Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia during the Mutua Madrid Open tennis tournament at the Caja Magica

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Laura Robson had won just two matches in six tournaments before beating Rybarikova

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Laura Robson has not enjoyed the best of times since her stunning victory over Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open in January but the 19-year-old Briton showed great resilience to win her opening match in Madrid. Despite losing the first set to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, Robson recovered to beat the world No 48 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.

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Britain's long wait to rejoin the Fed Cup's World Group will continue for another year. Judy Murray's team fell one tie short of returning to the elite competition for the second year in succession when Argentina completed a 3-1 victory in yesterday's play-off in Buenos Aires.

Laura Robson practising in Buenos Aires for the Fed Cup tie

Britain relying on Laura Robson to gain edge over Argentina

Laura Robson, who has won only two matches in the six tournaments she has played since the Australian Open, is likely to hold the key to Britain’s chances in this weekend’s Fed Cup play-off against Argentina in Buenos Aires.

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Laura Robson's attempt to give Britain a double cause for celebration in Miami ended in disappointment last night. Robson and Lisa Raymond followed the triumphant Andy Murray on to court for the women's doubles final, but the 19-year-old Briton and the 39-year-old American were beaten 6-1, 7-6 by Russia's Nadia Petrova and Slovenia's Katarina Srebotnik.

Maria Sharapova on her way to victory over Jelena Jankovic

Sharapova's finally found the strength to challenge supremacy of Williams

Few players can match Maria Sharapova's determination and dedication, but the Russian faces the ultimate test today as she attempts to win one of the few prizes to have eluded her. Sharapova has lost in the Miami final four times and her opponent this afternoon has won their last 10 meetings.

Lisa Raymond and Laura Robson (right) play in the Miami Masters women’s doubles final tomorrow

Odd couple Robson and Raymond could be crowned queens of Miami

Laura Robson and Lisa Raymond are unlikely doubles partners, but the 19-year-old Briton and the 39-year-old American have reached Sunday’s final in Miami in their first tournament together.

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