Robson claims scalp of Wimbledon tenth seed Kirilenko

25 June 2013 / 16:43

Laura Robson stormed into the second round with a fantastic display to shock tenth seed Maria Kirilenko in straight sets at Wimbledon.

Robson took the lead in devastating fashion, breaking the Russian at the first attempt with a brilliant back-hand return to go 5-3 up, before serving out the set.

She broke twice in the second set to take a 4-1 lead before seeing out the match in emphatic fashion 6-3, 6,4.

And she will hope to continue her impressive form in two days time when she faces a first meeting with unseeded Columbian Mariana Duque-Marino.

"I was so nervous on that last point, playing in front of the home crowd is massive," said Robson.

"I could have gone 5-1 up in the second set but I lost my focus and I started to think about winning. But any big win gives you confidence, so I'm going into the next round feeling good."

The pair were evenly matched in the opening games but Robson began to pressure the Russian, particularly with her powerful forehand, hitting 13 first-set winners.

She stormed to a 40-0 lead in the next game, but allowed Kirilenko back to 40-30, before becoming the first British women to win a set at this year’s Championships.

The 19-year-old continued to impress and broke again at the next opportunity, to take a 2-1 lead in the second set, before a perfect love-game extended her advantage.

Kirilenko struggled against Robson’s power and the Briton broke again, after three failed attempts in the fifth game, with the pick of her forehand winners to go 4-1 up.

The Russian, who hit just five winners in the match, grabbed her first break to narrow the gap and then fought back to 4-3 in a close game.

But, with eight aces and 30 total winners, Robson’s superior power was too much for the 26-year-old and she calmly secured victory in one hour and 18 minutes.

Meanwhile, British number two Heather Watson crashed out in a 6-3, 7-5 straight sets defeat to American teenager Madison Keys.

Watson, world ranked 56, responded well after losing the first set, breaking Keys early in the second, but missed three other chances to hit back and succumbed to the 18-year-old’s big serve.

Last year Watson became the first British woman to win on Centre Court since 1985, making the third round before being beaten by third seed Victoria Azarenka.

But the 21-year-old came into this year’s Championships after missing ten weeks because of glandular fever, which she admitted has taken its toll on preparations.

“It’s very difficult. It’s one of those things where you just don’t know and you don’t have medicine and I think that is the worst thing about it,” she said.

“I’m glad I was in it and had my chances. I wasn’t just wiped off the court. It was disappointing being up a break in the second and not being able to go from there.

“I still didn’t feel like I was where I want to be. But it’s coming and the next few weeks I’ll be training hard.”

British wildcard and world number 194 Tara Moore will hope to cause an upset against Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, and join Murray and Robson in the second round, when they close out play on court 17 later today.

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