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Tennis: Robson looks on to defend Junior title

June 30, 2009

Laura Robson is putting last week’s bitter defeat in the women’s singles at Wimbledon behind her to continue her campaign to retain the junior girl’s title.

In the second round Robson is taking on Australian Sally Peers. On Monday In a white and coral outfit, she took on Canadian Katarena Paliivets and dominated most of the match, 6-3 6-2.

Despite a shaky start, with Pallivets breaking her serve early on, Robson quickly took control of the situation and took full advantage of her strong groundstrokes to complete a convincing win.

“She rushed her opening service games and I found it hard to get a rhythm,” Robson explained afterwards. “Once I got it back, I was OK.”

The 15-year-old was disappointingly knocked out of the senior event in the first round when she was defeated by Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-2. But she took it professionally with good grace:

“It’s just been a really good experience. I started off really well and then in the second set maybe it didn’t go as well as I planned, but then she started playing better as well.

“It’s a tough loss but I still felt I played good.”

Meanwhile in the senior event the quarter finals have panned out to deliver a pair of USA v Russia semi-finals that promise to be gripping.

As predicted, the Williams sisters breezed through today’s matches, and Dina Safina beat 19-year-old German Lisicki in a thrilling three set clash. Fourth seed Elena Dementieva went on to defeat Italian Francesca Schiavone in a 6-2 6-2.

Serena Williams ended the women’s quarter finals by taking no prisoners, claiming her first set 6-2 minutes, then sealed her victory with 6-3 in just over an hour.

On Thursday the Russian number one seed will face five-time champion Venus, while Dementieva will take on sister Serena.

Vanessa Kersey, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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