Laura Robson knocked out of US Open

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The Independent Online

Laura Robson's US Open run ended in the second round with a 6-2 6-3 defeat by 30th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues at Flushing Meadows today.

The 17-year-old had come through qualifying and beat Ayumi Morita in round one, leading the Japanese by a set and a break when her opponent retired.

She was playing in the second round of a grand slam for the second time after also reaching that stage at Wimbledon - but she found Spaniard Medina Garrigues just too consistent today.

Robson begin solidly, powering serves and forehands past her experienced rival, but Medina Garrigues' speed around the court and excellent defence began to frustrate the teenager.

She was broken in the fifth game and then again in the seventh before Medina Garrigues, who has won 11 titles on the WTA Tour, clinched the set with an ace.

Robson showed the qualities which helped her win the Wimbledon junior title throughout, hitting 20 winners to her opponent's nine, but unfortunately there were also 32 unforced errors and in the end that was what cost her.

The turning point in the second set came in the sixth game when Robson created her first break points of the match, but on the first she just missed with a backhand return and on the second she played a bit too safe and paid the price.

Medina Garrigues held on and capitalised on Robson's disappointment immediately with another break before making it four games in a row to seal victory.