Updated: 01/09/2012 04:07 | By pa.press.net

Laura roars to US Open victory



Laura Robson is in the fourth round of the US Open

Laura Robson is in the fourth round of the US Open

Tennis starlet Laura Robson continued her giant-killing run at the US Open with a brilliant 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-2 victory over ninth seed Li Na to reach the fourth round.

The 18-year-old had pulled off one of the results of the tournament in the second round by beating three-time champion Kim Clijsters, sending the Belgian into retirement, but this was even better.

In the final set in particular, Robson outplayed one of the form players of the tour and last year's French Open champion to clinch victory.

She becomes the first British woman to make the fourth round at a grand slam since Sam Smith at Wimbledon in 1998 and the first in New York since Jo Durie 21 years ago.

Afterwards, Robson revealed her plan had just been to take on her shots.

"I knew if I kept sticking with her and playing my shots it might pay off and it did," she told Sky Sports 3.

"I had a few break points early on and I gave them up with average returning, so when I got a chance I knew I had to go for it.

"She's a great hitter so knew I had to go for it, I'm going to go back to the gym and try to recover for the next match."

Robson also put her stunning tournament so far down to her fitness levels.

"I've been injured loads in the past and this is my first time injury free. That`s the biggest improvement and difference," she added.

11Comments
31/08/2012 21:34
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Well done again Laura, you’re doing brilliantly! What a performance that was, overcoming every setback so well!
01/09/2012 00:04
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Has that silver medal with Andy Murray boosted her confidence? Come on Laura get through the next round as well!
31/08/2012 23:45
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Awesome performance again Laura well done. We are really proud of tou!

 

 

31/08/2012 23:22
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well done you are a star to be proud of x
01/09/2012 00:16
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Go Laura. You don't have to prove yourself, but showing the world just what you are capable of feels so sweet!
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credit where credit's due, well done Laura ........................

funny though that Clijsters has retired after losing to a British lady, they're usually a bye to the next round !! hahahahahaaaa

can she do a Rusedski and go all the way ??
31/08/2012 22:08
31/08/2012 23:14
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Correct me if i am wrong but wasnt she born in Australia--and therefore "australian"?
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