Laura Robson suffers disappointing defeat in Japan
The Brit lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm
Tuesday 08 October 2013
Laura Robson followed defending champion Heather Watson out of the Japan Open in the first round after a disappointing loss to 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm.
Robson, 19, took a wild card into the tournament in Osaka but it did not pay off as she went down 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 26 minutes to the wily Japanese player.
It is the second time Robson has lost to Date-Krumm in Osaka after also being beaten on her debut in 2010, but the British teenager had won their last meeting in Beijing in 2012.
Robson has had a good year in the grand slams, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon and the third round at the Australian Open and US Open, but she has won only 11 matches on the WTA Tour all season.
Her only quarter-final came in Guangzhou last month, where she reached the final last year, and, although she reached a career-high ranking of 27 post Wimbledon, she has slipped back to 42.
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Best memes as Twitter reacts to imminent £16m transfer
Manchester United transfer news: Louis van Gaal joins Arsenal and Chelsea in the race for Sami Khedira
Sami Khedira to Arsenal? Arsene Wenger reveals Gunners are still in the market for defensive midfielder
Mario Balotelli to Liverpool: Risky business to think Balotelli can replace Luis Suarez
Malky Mackay texts: Harry Redknapp defends former Cardiff City manger - 'he hasn't raped anyone and he is not a paedophile'
- 1 Jeremy Clarkson 'sees no problem' with his racist language on Top Gear, says BBC
- 2 'Alien thigh bone' on Mars: Excitement from alien hunters at 'evidence' of extraterrestrial life
- 3 Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
- 4 London restaurant 34 creates champagne glass modelled on Kate Moss’ left breast
- 5 ALS ice bucket challenge co-founder Corey Griffin drowns, aged 27
Richard Dawkins on babies with Down Syndrome: 'Abort it and try again – it would be immoral to bring it into the world'
Scottish independence: English people overwhelmingly want Scotland to stay in the UK
Isis threat: Cameron wants an alliance with Iran
Michael Brown shooting: Chaos erupts on the streets of Ferguson after autopsy shows teenager was shot six times – twice in the head
Disgusting, frustrating, but intriguing: how the country really feels about its politicians
Bin bag full of cats' heads discovered near Manchester's Curry Mile