Great Britain’s teenage sensation, 17 year old Laura Robson, ranked at a career high of 57 after some remarkable wins in recent tournaments and having finished the 2011 season at number 131, took on the veteran Japanese player, Kimiko Date-Krumm, who at 42 is the oldest player on the WTA tour, on the second day of first round play at the China Open in Beijing on Sunday.
Robson, a leftie with a great serve and solid ground strokes, was made to work hard against Date-Krumm, who plays an old fashioned and one handed, but nevertheless beautiful, variation of today’s game, with a deft all court game which can bamboozle many a stronger player. In today’s match, it was the teenager who managed to get past her opponent’s wily play for a 6-4 6-4 win. She will next meet qualifier Lourdes Dominquez Lino of Spain, a winner in three sets over 5th seed Roberta Vinci of Italy.
In the second match on the Lotus Court, the fifth ranked Italian, twenty year old qualifier Camila Giorgi who is ranked at 95, met another Italian, Sara Errani, ranked at a career high of 7 and seeded 6, who is having a wonderful season. Unfortunately, Errani had to retire with a left thigh injury when Giorgi was leading 5-4 in the first set. She will next take on the Swiss player, Romina Oprandi, who took out Poland’s Ursula Radwanska on the first day of play on Saturday.