Robson moves into last four

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Teenager Laura Robson stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open girls' championships with a comfortable 6-1 6-0 victory over Ester Goldfeld today.

Robson, who turned 16 last week, took just 43 minutes to progress to the last-four where she will meet Czech Republic's Krisyna Pliskova, who upset top seed Timea Babos.

Robson will be looking to reach the final for the second consecutive year at Melbourne Park after she lost to Russia's Ksenia Pervak in last year's title decider.

Robson was pleased with her victory today after she did not get to bed until one o'clock in the morning after losing her doubles quarter-final against Maria Kirilenko and Agnieszka Radwanska late yesterday evening.

"One of the reasons I played good is that I knew I was tired from last night and I had to be extra focused," she said.

"The scheduling is what it is, I was never going to complain about it.

"It's good that I got the win today."

Rather than hinder her, Robson said her unexpected run to the last-eight of the doubles alongside Sally Peers had been a boost for her girls' singles matches.

"If anything it's helped me because I feel more comfortable coming in. It's been very helpful," she said.

"Sally played well in the doubles as well so hopefully we can play together again in the future."