Laura Robson hailed the Olympic tennis tournament as one of the best weeks of her life after narrowly failing to win mixed doubles gold with Andy Murray on a dramatic day at Wimbledon.
Robson and Murray were forced to settle for a silver medal just two hours after the latter claimed a historic gold in the men's singles with an astonishing victory over Roger Federer.
The Great Britain duo were edged out 2-6 6-3 (10-8) in a match tie-break by Belarus pair Max Mirnyi and Victoria Azarenka in front of a raucous Centre Court crowd that has been a hallmark of the London 2012 tennis tournament at a traditionally more genteel All England Club.
"Playing with Andy was great and I said thank you to him for playing with me because it's just been one of the best weeks of my life," said Robson, who was awarded a place in the mixed doubles with Murray less than a week ago.
"At the start of last week, I just thought I was playing (women's) doubles. So, to be a silver medallist is pretty cool."
The 18-year-old was "a bit disappointed" to miss out on gold but added: "It's been a really, really good week and just to be playing in the Olympics, I was really happy with that."
Robson and Murray enjoyed an extraordinary run to the final, especially considering their wildcard status and the fact they had not teamed up since the Hopman Cup in early 2011.
"I think we play really well together," Robson said. "It's always good to be playing with an Olympic gold medallist."
Robson admitted her own serve let her down in the mixed doubles final but was confident this week's experience would help her continue to climb the singles rankings having broken into the top 100. However, she was also expecting a comedown from the excitement of this week ahead of her build-up to September's US Open.
"I'll be main draw at the US Open as a direct entry for the first time, which is pretty cool," she said. "But I think anything is a bit anti-climactic after this week. Yeah, this week has been a lot to live up to. All I can do is get back on the training court, work hard and keep playing my best."