Laura Robson proves too strong for Romanian rival

Brit moves into the second round of the Shenzhen Open

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The Independent Online

Laura Robson took only an hour to move into the second round of the Shenzhen Open as she overpowered Edina Gallovits-Hall 6-2, 6-1 today.

The 17-year-old Briton, who came into the match ranked 54 places higher than her opponent at No 53 in the women's world standings, was far more ruthless on serve, winning 80 per cent of her first-service points.

The Romanian also contributed to her own downfall by serving eight double-faults and she was dominated in all aspects of the game.

Robson will meet Gallovits-Hall's compatriot Monica Niculescu in the second round in what promises to be a closer match, given that the British No 2 is ranked just five places higher.