Déjà Vu For Robson In New York

Laura Robson kept her cool and closed out fellow teenager Caroline Garcia in the second round. Next in the third round is exactly the same player she faced in that round last year - who is it?

Published August 28, 2013 12:03

Déjà Vu For Robson In New York
Laura Robson

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Laura Robson hung on to beat Caroline Garcia in a tight two-setter in the second round of the US Open on Wednesday, setting up a third round clash against Li Na - again.

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."

Another third round that was set up was Agnieszka Radwanska against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, after the No.32-seeded Pavlyuchenkova overpowered Australian wildcard Ashleigh Barty, 64 60.

Radwanska and Li won their second round matches in straight sets earlier in the day (read more here).

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