Laura Robson
Robson bids to become the first British winner of a WTA event since 1988 [Reuters] Reuters

Laura Robson will bid to become the first British women to win a WTA singles title since Sara Gomer all the way back in July 1988.

The new British number one has been in sensational form all summer and proved just why she is becoming a force in the women's game after defeating world number 30 Sorana Cirstea in straight sets.

Robson eventually sealed a 6-4 6-2 victory which means that she becomes the first British women to make it to a tour singles final since Jo Durie made the final in Newport, USA back in 1990.

The 18-year-old had overcome China's world number 47 in the previous round, but was expected to be given a tough time by her Romanian opponent.

In a first set which featured some huge hitting from both players, Robson was broken when serving at 5-3 as Cirstea pulled off some incredible shots to get back on serve.

However, it was a short reprieve for the 22-year-old, as Robson earned another break point and was able to convert with a forehand winner which handed her the first set.

The Olympic silver medallist was clearly starting to enjoy life out on court and two further breaks of serve in the second set handed her the chance to serve for the match.

Once again Cirstea responded with a string of winners and managed to secure the break. It was not to matter as Robson once again jumped on the serve and was able to secure the vital break to make her first ever tour final.

Robson will now face Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan for the chance to write her name in the history books and prove that she can be a force on the women's tour.

By making the final Robson is likely to improve her ranking and she could well find herself just short of the top 50.