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Big-serving Robson powers through

Date: 22 June - 5 July
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Laura Robson

Highlights - Powerful Robson eases through (UK users only)

By Chris Bevan
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

British teenager Laura Robson was at her big-serving best as she overpowered Australia's Sally Peers to continue the defence of her Wimbledon girls' title.

After a tricky opening game, Robson served immaculately and backed that up with some ferocious groundstrokes.

Peers, 18, is three years older than Robson but struggled to live with the pace and variety of her attacking play.

Robson won 6-3 6-2 in 61 minutes and will play Quirine Lemoine, 17, of the Netherlands in round three.

The second seed had to be patient against Peers, who looked like she would pose a sterner threat when she forced two break points in the first game.

But, once Robson broke for the first time to lead 5-3, her opponent crumbled in front of a vociferous crowd on Court Four.

Robson enjoying new-found fame

An ace - one of eight in the match from the junior world number one - sealed the first set and Robson quickly built up a big lead in the second, breaking twice to lead 5-1.

By now, Robson was finding the corners of the court with some searching shots and she quickly wrapped up what became a one-sided victory.

"I thought I played better than I did in the first round," Robson said. "My body language was really good.

"There are a couple of things I need to improve on but hopefully I can do that in my next match."

Robson's match was moved from Court Two at short notice but she did not mind the last-minute change.

"It is easier to get the crowd going on Four and that really helps," she explained. "The other person is not going to like it if the crowd is against them. Sally had her support there but I wouldn't say it was even."

Robson was mobbed by fans after completing her win and it took her 10 minutes to get back to the locker rooms with the help of seven security guards.

"You get used to people crowding around you," Robson added. "They can get aggressive. I try to sign as much as I can but you can't do it for everybody."


She is the only British girl left in the junior event after Alexandra Walker and Stephanie Cornish both lost earlier on Tuesday.

Walker put up a gallant fight against Camile Silva of Chile before losing 6-4 7-6 (8-6).

The 16-year-old from Gosforth had a set-point in the second set tie-break to level the match but saw her overhead hit the top of the net-cord and drop back on to the wrong side and, two points later, Silva sealed her victory.

There was a bigger gulf in class between 17-year-old Cornish, from East Sheen, and Croatia's Silvia Njiric, and the 11th seed won 6-2 6-4.

David Thomson
Thomson's poor serve cost him any chance of beating the top seed

Tom Farquharson went through after Belgium's Arthur De Greef retired hurt from their match after 30 minutes with Farquharson leading 6-0 1-0.

Farquharson, 15, will play Australia's Bernard Tomic, the third seed, in round three but he was the only British boy to progress.

David Thomson put on a disappointing display as he lost 6-3 6-1 to top seed Daniel Berta.

The 16-year-old Swede won this year's junior Roland Garros title and is a highly-rated prospect but Thomson hardly helped his cause with an error-strewn service display.

Thomson, 18, from Hatfield, landed only eight first serves all match, most of them in the second set, and hit 12 double-faults to completely undermine any hopes of progress.

Cornwall's Richard Gabb, 17, put up more of a fight in losing 7-6 (7-5) 6-4 to Germany's Dominik Schulz, the ninth seed.

And Ashley Hewitt, who is from Warrington but is a team-mate of Gabb's at the TeamBath tennis academy, could not manage a repeat performance of the display that saw him beat second seed Liang-Chi Huang in round one.

Hewitt, 17, began well against Harry Fowler of the United States but struggled with an arm injury as the match wore on and ended up losing 3-6 6-3 6-4 in one hour and 30 minutes.

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see also
Wimbledon day eight as it happened
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Robson eases to opening victory
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Teenager Robson loses debut match
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Briton Robson wins girls' title
05 Jul 08 |  Tennis
Wimbledon: Live map
22 Jun 09 |  Tennis
Order of play
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