Robson breaking new boundaries at Wimbledon

29 June 2013 / 18:22

Laura Robson is getting accustomed to resetting the record books but she insists everything is now a bonus in her Wimbledon adventure.

The British number one and Olympic mixed doubles silver medallist needed to summon all her fighting instincts to battle into the fourth round after a major scare against lower ranked rival Marina Erakovic.

The New Zealander served for the match in the second set but Robson responded by winning eight games on the bounce and secured her progress 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 55 minutes.

She is the first British woman to reach the fourth round at the All England Club in 15 years and will conclude the Championship in the world's top 30 players - lofty heights not achieved since Jo Durie 26 years ago.

"I can definitely play better than I did but it's tough to play your best tennis all the time, it's more important to be consistent," said Robson.

"It's my second time in the second week of a Slam, although at the US Open I played on the Sunday, so my brother said it didn't count.

"Hopefully this means I will be seeded for the US Open but I didn't go into this match thinking if I win I will get into the world's top 30.

"It's all a bonus for me now, hopefully I've got another ten years or more here."

So far this week Robson has beaten a Maria, a Mariana and a Marina but will take on Estonia's Kaia Kanepi on Monday following her 61 minute 6-2, 6-3 win over American Alison Riske.

Kanepi knocked British wildcard Tara Moore out of Wimbledon in the first round and has also claimed the scalp of seventh seed Angelique Kerber.

Robson will now seek video evidence of both those matches in a bid to better understand a player ranked 12 places below her in the WTA Tour standings.

"I think I'm playing really, really well and I feel very good," said Kanepi, a quarter-finalist at Wimbledon in 2010.

"My game is more stable and I'm more aggressive than I was when I reached the quarter-finals here last time.

"I know the crowd will be against me but I'm going to enjoy that. I get more power and fighting spirit if people are against me.

"Laura is a left hander and that is always difficult on grass."

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