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LAURA Robson was yesterday handed a wild card into the Wimbledon draw - but British men's number two Alex Bogdanovic missed out.

Robson, who won the girls' title in 2008, was also handed a place in last year's tournament and put up a brave fight before losing in three sets to former world number five Daniela Hantuchova in the opening round.

Yesterday the 16-year-old secured her first career win on the WTA Tour, when her Swiss opponent Stefanie Voegele retired injured when trailing by a set at the AEGON Classic in Birmingham.

Robson is joined on the list of wild cards by three fellow British players: 18-year-old Heather Watson, who is the reigning US Open girls' champion, Katie O'Brien and Melanie South.

Four more women will be added to the list.

Bogdanovic's omission from the men's list comes despite him being comfortably Britain's second highest ranked player at 166th in the world.

It also comes after eight previous wild cards for the 26-year-old, who has lost in the first round of the singles event on all of his visits to Wimbledon.

British number three Jamie Baker, 254th in the ATP rankings, benefits from a wild card, as do Russia's Teimuraz Gabashvili and Andrey Kuznetsov and German Nicolas Kiefer.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2010
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