Wimbledon 2013: Laura Robson's wonder win spares Brit blushes at SW19

The 19-year-old beats No 10 seed in straight sets – but only her and Andy Murray keep home hopes alive

Wimbledon

Laura Robson has been hailed as the future of British tennis and the 19-year-old did much to salvage its current reputation here last night when her first-round victory saved the home contingent from equalling their worst-ever performance at Wimbledon. Robson joined Andy Murray, her mixed doubles partner at last summer's Olympics, as the only Britons to reach the second round of singles competition when she recorded a memorable 6-3, 6-4 victory over Russia's Maria Kirilenko, the world No 10.

Robson, who has beaten three Grand Slam champions in Grand Slam tournaments over the last year, added to her repertoire of big-occasion victories with an accomplished performance against a highly experienced opponent who was playing in the French Open quarter-finals only three weeks ago.

"It was a big one for me because, although I really like grass and I seem to play well on it, I've never actually done overly well here," Robson said afterwards. "I've only made the second round once. It was good that I managed to tough it out after I got nervous in the second set.

"I think I go out against the top players with nothing to lose. I've always been like that. In the past I've started out well in the first couple of games of the first set and then just not been able to hold on to that lead. I've been really happy with my progress with that in the last couple of months."

Asked where the win ranked compared with some of her other big victories, Robson said: "Any top 10 win is a good win, so it's obviously up there. I went into the match very confident. I think if you go into these matches without confidence, then you shouldn't be going out there."

But for Robson's victory the host nation would have had only one player through to the second round in singles for only the second time in Wimbledon history. Six Britons lost in the first round on Monday and Heather Watson and Tara Moore followed them out of the tournament. Watson was beaten 6-3, 7-5 by Madison Keys, of the United States, while Moore went down 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 despite a courageous display against Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.

"Wimbledon is a massive tournament, so if you don't do well, then it's disappointing," Robson said when asked about the British performances. "I think everyone had tough matches. Before this week, everyone was playing really well, so it's unfortunate that no one else made the second round. But that happens sometimes."

Suggested Topics
News
Jerry Seinfeld Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee
peopleSitcom star urges men to be more supportive of women than ever
Life and Style
Living for the moment: Julianne Moore playing Alzheimer’s sufferer Alice
health
News
Jay Z
businessJay-Z's bid for Spotify rival could be blocked
Sport
footballLouis van Gaal is watching a different Manchester United and Wenger can still spring a surprise
News
The spider makes its break for freedom
VIDEO
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

War with Isis: Iraq's government fights to win back Tikrit from militants - but then what?

Baghdad fights to win back Tikrit from Isis – but then what?

Patrick Cockburn reports from Kirkuk on a conflict which sectarianism has made intractable
Living with Alzheimer's: What is it really like to be diagnosed with early-onset dementia?

What is it like to live with Alzheimer's?

Depicting early-onset Alzheimer's, the film 'Still Alice' had a profound effect on Joy Watson, who lives with the illness. She tells Kate Hilpern how she's coped with the diagnosis
The Internet of Things: Meet the British salesman who gave real-world items a virtual life

Setting in motion the Internet of Things

British salesman Kevin Ashton gave real-world items a virtual life
Election 2015: Latest polling reveals Tories and Labour on course to win the same number of seats - with the SNP holding the balance of power

Election 2015: A dead heat between Mr Bean and Dick Dastardly!

Lord Ashcroft reveals latest polling – and which character voters associate with each leader
Audiences queue up for 'true stories told live' as cult competition The Moth goes global

Cult competition The Moth goes global

The non-profit 'slam storytelling' competition was founded in 1997 by the novelist George Dawes Green and has seen Malcolm Gladwell, Salman Rushdie and Molly Ringwald all take their turn at the mic
Pakistani women come out fighting: A hard-hitting play focuses on female Muslim boxers

Pakistani women come out fighting

Hard-hitting new play 'No Guts, No Heart, No Glory' focuses on female Muslim boxers
Leonora Carrington transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star

Surreal deal: Leonora Carrington

The artist transcended her stolid background to become an avant garde star
LGBT History Month: Pupils discuss topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage

Education: LGBT History Month

Pupils have been discussing topics from Sappho to same-sex marriage
11 best gel eyeliners

Go bold this season: 11 best gel eyeliners

Use an ink pot eyeliner to go bold on the eyes with this season's feline flicked winged liner
Cricket World Cup 2015: Tournament runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

Cricket World Cup runs riot to make the event more hit than miss...

The tournament has reached its halfway mark and scores of 300 and amazing catches abound. One thing never changes, though – everyone loves beating England
Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Heptathlete ready to jump at first major title

Katarina Johnson-Thompson: Ready to jump at first major title

After her 2014 was ruined by injury, 21-year-old Briton is leading pentathlete going into this week’s European Indoors. Now she intends to turn form into gold
Syrian conflict is the world's first 'climate change war', say scientists, but it won't be the last one

Climate change key in Syrian conflict

And it will trigger more war in future
How I outwitted the Gestapo

How I outwitted the Gestapo

My life as a Jew in wartime Berlin
The nation's favourite animal revealed

The nation's favourite animal revealed

Women like cuddly creatures whilst men like creepy-crawlies
Is this the way to get young people to vote?

Getting young people to vote

From #VOTESELFISH to Bite the Ballot