Laura Robson digs deep to set up Agnieszka Radwanska meeting
Laura Robson has not enjoyed the best of times since her stunning victory over Petra Kvitova in the Australian Open in January but the 19-year-old Briton showed great resilience to win her opening match in Madrid. Despite losing the first set to Slovakia's Magdalena Rybarikova, Robson recovered to beat the world No 48 6-7, 6-2, 6-2.
Robson had won only two matches in six tournaments after her return from Melbourne and also suffered disappointment as a member of Britain's losing Fed Cup team in Buenos Aires last month. She made a slow start against Rybarikova, although she recovered from two breaks down to lead 6-5 in the first set before losing the tie-break 7-4.
The Briton's erratic serve has been a problem recently, but from 2-2 in the second set she found a rich vein of form, winning eight games in a row before securing victory after two hours and 13 minutes. Nevertheless, she will do well to make further progress. Her next opponent is the world No 4, Agnieszka Radwanska, who beat Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2, 6-4.
Serena Williams, whose sister Venus has pulled out of the tournament with a back injury, made a sluggish start before overcoming Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 7-6, 6-1 to earn a second-round meeting with Spain's Lourdes Dominguez-Lino. Williams, who is the defending champion, is seeking her fourth title of the year following her victories in Brisbane, Miami and Charleston. "I felt a little sluggish but I'm happy I was able to win," Williams said.
Caroline Wozniacki suffered her second successive first-round defeat when she was beaten 6-2, 6-4 by Yaroslava Shvedova. Wozniacki, now the world No 10, found some form two months ago with her run to the final in Indian Wells but will need to rediscover it again if she is not to slip further down the rankings.
Emergency call 'started off dumb, but got pretty serious'
Greatest mystery about the hit BBC1 show is how it continues to be made at all, writes Grace Dent
"History is violent," says the US Army tank commander Don "Wardaddy" Collier
Mario Balotelli comment: Time running out for 'lost boy' to shine at Liverpool, or anywhere
Cristiano Ronaldo applauded by Liverpool fans after master-class for Real Madrid, despite Manchester United ties
Angel Di Maria injury latest: Argentina international set to play in Manchester United vs Chelsea match
Paul Scholes column: I'm not worried about Manchester United's defence - Chelsea test can be the making of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo
Erik Lamela rabona steals the show in five-star Spurs Europa League romp
- 1 This 'woman calls police to order pizza' story isn't going where you're expecting
- 2 Axe wielding man shot dead after attacking four New York policemen on busy street
- 3 Watch what happened when food critics were unknowingly served McDonald's
- 4 Jimmy Carr's Oscar Pistorius joke goes a bit too far at the Q Awards
- 5 Ottawa shootings: Bruce MacKinnon's cartoon is the perfect tribute to soldier Nathan Cirillo
Of course, teenage girls need role models – but not like beauty vlogger Zoella
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Support for EU membership 'at highest level since 1991' with most Brits wanting to stay 'in'
Thousands with degenerative conditions classified as 'fit to work in future' – despite no possibility of improvement
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Attacks on 'Ukip Calypso' show how skewed people’s priorities are