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Robson one win from US Open place

Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Date: 31 August - 13 September
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Laura Robson
Robson is currently ranked number 460 in the world

British teenager Laura Robson moved to within one victory of a place in the US Open main draw after beating Aniko Kapros in round two of qualifying.

Rosbon, 15, followed up her opening win over Stephanie Foretz with a 6-4 7-5 defeat of Hungary's Kabos, ranked 207 places higher at 253 in the world.

The Londoner will take on 25-year-old Czech Eva Hrdinova, ranked 203, on Friday for a place in the main draw.

Elena Baltacha went through 7-5 6-0 against Andrea Hlavackova.

The 26-year-old Scot, who lost in the final round of US Open qualifying last year, will play Australia's Anastasia Rodionova for a place in the main draw.

"Last year I came here and reached the final round of qualifying but to be honest I was kind of lucky to be there," said Baltacha.

I was actually more nervous today than I was yesterday - which is a bit random - but I settled OK

Laura Robson

"I think back and at the time I had a lot going on in my personal life and in my career and I wasn't applying myself they way I should have been - I've been very honest about that.

"I didn't really deserve to be in the last round of qualies last year but this year I am a much better player and things are completely different.

"I really do feel that I belong in the main draw of these tournaments and that gives you a lot of confidence, especially with the way I played in Toronto.

"This time, it doesn't come as a surprise to me that I'm in the final round of qualifying. Now I'm beginning to show that I can perform consistently."

Robson came through a first set of several breaks of serve before storming back from 4-0 down to take the second.


"Playing yesterday definitely helped me because it gave me a chance to get used to the courts and the way the ball bounces really high here, and also just to get used to the atmosphere," said the 2008 Wimbledon junior champion.

"I was actually more nervous today than I was yesterday - which is a bit random - but I settled OK.

"I don't know what her ranking is but I know she's been ranked pretty high in the past. I had some good wins when I made the semi-finals of Shrewsbury last year but this definitely means the most to me.

"I came here just wanting to play as well as I could but getting to the final round of qualifying is obviously great and is a pretty good job by me - I'd give myself a big pat on the back!"

Fellow Briton Katie O'Brien went down 6-2 6-4 to Georgia's Anna Tatishvili, while Mel South lost 6-4 5-7 6-3 to 15th seed Julia Schruff of Germany.

British men Alex Bogdanovic, James Ward, Josh Goodall and Dan Evans all suffered first-round defeats.

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