Robson survives scare to make Wimbledon's fourth round

29 June 2013 / 16:01

Laura Robson survived a massive scare to become the first British woman to reach Wimbledon's fourth round in 15 years.

The world number 38, who has a habit of beating big names but losing to those she should see off, was looking down and heading out after being initially outclassed by lower ranked rival Marina Erakovic.

But after a storming comeback and some impressive service returning, the former girl's singles champion secured her progress 1-6, 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 55 minutes.

"I was getting my butt kicked and I was really struggling because she was playing so well," said Robson.

"I just tried to stick with it until she got nervous and that is what happened. The crowd was amazing and I'm so happy to be through and I couldn't have done it without them."

After claiming the first round scalp of tenth seed Maria Kirilenko the draw appeared to be opening up for Robson - the last British women's winner here, Virgina Wade, even backed her to 'do some damage' at the business end of the Championships.

But her New Zealand rival took the first set in just 22 minutes and then had the chance to serve for the match at 5-3 in the second set.

However, from nowhere Robson finally discovered her rhythm and with a partisan crowd chanting her name, capitalised on her rival's nerves, winning eight consecutive games to establish a winning momentum.

Robson is the first home player to reach the second week of the women's singles since Sam Smith beat former champion Conchita Martinez in 1998. 

She will now play either American Alison Riske or Estonia's Kaia Kanepi, a former Wimbledon quarter-finalist, for a place in the last eight, which would better her run to the fourth round at last year's US Open in New York.

Meanwhile, fellow home hope Andy Murray will take on Mikhail Youzhny in Monday's fourth round after he came through in straight sets 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 against Viktor Troicki.

The second seed and home favourite has won both his previous matches agains the Russian, who is ranked 26th in the world, though their last encounter was four years ago.

"It will be a very tough match, he's a great grass court player but there will be no sleepless nights," insisted Youzhny.

"I know the crowd will be with Andy but I'm hopefully going to enjoy the chance to get on Centre Court, it's a very special place to play."

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