Robson claims pressure derailed her Wimbledon ambitions

01 July 2013 / 16:45

Laura Robson told her new fan club to keep the faith, claiming her Wimbledon dreams are just work in progress.

The 19-year old British number one went down 7-6, 7-5 to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi in the fourth round at the All England Club.

She was aiming to be the first home player into the women's quarter-finals since Jo Durie 29 years ago but she spurned too many opportunities, including a chance to serve for the first set and 5-2 lead in the opener's tie-break.

"I'm just really disappointed," said Robson, who will still move into the world's top 30 as a result of her efforts in SW19.

"I had my chances and I didn't take them. I thought she played a very solid match, she hits the ball so hard and it was tough for me to stay in the rallies.

"It is always tough to get rhythm against such a powerful player, I tried to mix things up but I wasn't really able to do it well enough.

"On paper I'm higher ranked, so I can understand why I was favourite. However, she's made the quarters here before, she is very tough on grass and clearly loves Wimbledon. 

"I thought it was evenly matched before the game and that's the way it went.

"I really believed that I had a chance of winning and I felt confident going in, perhaps I put too much pressure on myself."

But Robson, who also reached the fourth round at last year's US Open, insists she would take positives from the last seven days - with no British woman reaching the last 16 since 1998.

"It's been an overwhelming experience, crazy but in a good way and I'm just hoping to do better next year," she added.

"I think I put a lot of pressure on myself, I was trying to will myself to play incredible tennis and although it is cliched, this is part of a learning experience.

"The more I'm in these kind of situations, the more I'm going to benefit as a player."

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