Déjà Vu For Robson In New York
Published August 28, 2013 12:03
Two of the 11 teenagers in the Top 100, Robson and Garcia appropriately went toe-to-toe out on Court 11, with Robson winning the first set but Garcia getting a nose in front late in the second set - she broke to lead 6-5, and even got to double set point at 40-15 in that game. But a double fault and a backhand error brought things back to deuce, and the No.30-seeded Robson pounced to win, 64 76(5).
"I'm very happy," Robson said. "I was really happy with my serve today, especially my second serve. She was making a lot of mistakes off of that, so I was just trying to spin it as much as possible.
"I didn't start off on her service games too well, though. I don't think I won a point until the third time around. But it was good to just stick with her, and then just took my chances when I had them."
This is Robson's first time being seeded at a Grand Slam - how is she feeling about the pressure?
"Well, starting from Wimbledon, I felt like I was winning the matches where I was supposed to win, especially my second and third rounds there," Robson said. "That's what I've done here so far. But definitely a big match coming up in the third round against Li Na - it's going to be a tough one."
A year ago at the same tournament and in the same round, Robson defeated Li for her first Top 10 win.
"I was so nervous when I walked on court, but I was just fighting through that and trying to stick with her," Robson recalled. "She made a lot of mistakes in the first set, which helped me quite a lot.
"I'm not sure when we'll play or if we'll be on the same court, but it should be a good match."
Robson is 57 spots higher this year - No.32 compared to No.89 - but how has her game changed?
"That's a tough question," Robson said. "I think just my willingness to stick with it even when I'm playing a bit pants. You know, just wait for them to kind of make a few errors when I need to."
The No.5-seeded Li advanced earlier - she was asked about that fateful meeting with Robson last year.
"After last year I think both of us improved a lot," Li said. "I'm really looking forward to playing against her again. For sure it's going to be really challenging - a lefty, and an aggressive player - but I can also see if I can prove to myself after one year whether I can do better against her than last year."
Radwanska and Li won their second round matches in straight sets earlier in the day (read more here).