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Laura Robson’s on a roll with easy win at Aegon International in Eastbourne

Posted on Tuesday, 18 June by

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There were mixed fortunes for home players on day four of the Aegon International at Eastbourne but British number one, Laura Robson, gave the crowd plenty to cheer about on her way to a straight sets victory on centre court in round one.

Robson swept away the challenge of Ukranian Yuliya Beygelzimer, ranked 187th in the world, in little over an hour. After an incredibly slow start to the match, which saw the first five games take nearly 25 minutes to complete, Robson kicked on and broke serve in the sixth game before going on to seal the set 6-3.

An instant break of serve for Robson at the start of set two looked to end the challenge of Beygelzimer, who miscued several dropshots throughout play. The Olympic silver-medalist looked composed as she closed out the game, barely breaking a sweat before ending the second set at 6-2. Robson’s win sets up a second round encounter against fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki, who had earlier secured victory over Tamira Paszek.

There was no such luck for Eastbourne-based Brit, Johanna Konta, who went down 6-4 6-3 to Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan. Speaking after the match, Konta said: “It was definitely a tricky match, but I do think she played incredibly well. I know she likes this surface, so I definitely had a tough match going out there.”

Elsewhere in the ladies draw, Li Na put in a highly impressive performance to overcome a stern test from French player, Alize Cornet. Na, seeded at number two, looks to be the player to beat at Eastbourne after showing pace, power and poise in a 6-2 6-4 victory. The match was disrupted in the second set when a spectator fell on the stairs, suspending play for approximately thirty minutes.

In the men’s draw, British number two James Ward kicked-off proceedings, taking on Australian powerhouse Bernard Tomic on centre court. Despite 146 places separating the players in the world rankings, Ward provided Tomic with a stern challenge and was unlucky to be on the receiving end of a 6-3 6-4 loss. Despite the defeat, it was a spirited showing from Ward that will give him courage ahead of Wimbledon next week.

The bad news kept on coming from British players as Heather Watson, yesterday’s hero at Devonshire Park, lost her doubles match 7-6 7-6. Watson’s opponents were the second seeds in the doubles draw however, so it was no upset. In better news, former British number one Elena Baltacha overcame her first round test in the singles draw to set up a second round match with Maria Kirlenko.

The biggest shock of day four came when top seed for the women’s draw, Agnieszka Radwanska, was dumped out in straight sets by American qualifier, Jamie Hampton.

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Corey Pellatt
22-year-old editor of SQ Magazine and Media Studies student at the University of Sussex. Freelance writer for clients including BHAFC.

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