Laura Robson becomes first British women to reach WTA final for 22 years
Friday 21 September 2012
Laura Robson became the first British woman to make a final of a WTA Tour event in 22 years after she defeated Sorana Cirstea in the semi-final at the Guangzhou Open.
Robson dominated throughout and eased to victory with a 6-4 6-2 win to become the first British woman in a final since Jo Durie in 1990.
The 18-year-old went three games up after breaking her opponent early on before taking the first set, with the second a formality despite some late resistence and a break by her Romanian opponent.
The victory continued the impressive run of form for the new British number one after she overcame seventh seed Peng Shuai in the quarter-finals, following on from her success at the US Open where she made it to the last 16 after wins over Kim Clijsters and Li Na.
Su-Wei Hseih booked her place in the final after she defeated Urszula Radwanska in the other semi-final.
The fourth seed dropped the second set but powered back to win 6-1 3-6 6-0 in a match time of one hour and 37 minutes.
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