Robson thinking about third round

30 August 2012 / 18:58

Laura Robson pulled off the shock of the tournament with the performance of her life at the US Open on Wednesday and then immediately began focusing on her next match.

The 18-year-old stunned three-time champion Kim Clijsters 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/5) in her first match on Arthur Ashe Stadium to set up a clash against former French Open champion and ninth seed Li Na.

Robson said: "It's great to be through to the third round of a slam for the first time. I have a really tough match next round against Li Na. She's playing extremely well at the moment. She's in great form. She just won Cincinnati. I'm going to have a little chat to Heather and see what her thoughts were seeing as they played each other first round."

Robson has made steady progress since bursting into the public consciousness by winning Junior Wimbledon at the age of 14, which generated huge expectations of the teenager.

Although she has not risen as rapidly as many people might have wished for, she is the youngest player in the top 100 and one of only four teenagers.

Her movement and consistency were much improved on Wednesday and her serve was a reliable weapon, and Robson said: "I've tried to work on everything.

"I've done quite a bit of tactical stuff recently, which I feel has made more of a difference, but I've also worked very hard on my speed around the court.

"I think that has improved the most in the last year. And I feel confident enough in my movement to run down a lot more balls. I think I'm making the points a bit tougher for my opponents to win just by getting that extra ball back every time."

Robson recently began working with Croatia Davis Cup captain Zeljko Krajan, who is renowned as a tough coach and who guided Russia's Dinara Safina to world number one.

The teenager feels it is too soon to credit the relationship for Wednesday's win, saying: "I feel like I have been improving, but I haven't been able to do a full training week with him, so I think it's still very early days."