Big win for Laura Robson as she beats Kirilenko at Wimbledon

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BRITISH favourite Laura Robson cruised through the first round of Wimbledon after beating the 10th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4.

Nineteen-year-old Robson performed beyond her age and from the moment she hit her first serve she outclassed her opponent Maria Kirilenko.

As well as being highly ranked in the singles tournament, Kirilenko is also a great doubles player, and she proved that by covering all the court and placing the ball wide.

But Robson didn’t give in and never punished herself for making a minor mistake – she learned from them, kept calm and swiftly moved on.

Despite an easy first set, Robson (38) suffered from nerves when winning 4-1 in the second, allowing Kirilenko to break her serve and gain a further two games.

But thanks to a superb crowd on court one, Robson soaked up the atmosphere and continued to push Kirilenko.

The British hopeful, who has only ever reached the second round, won comfortably and is the only GBR player remaining in the ladies singles.

Court 18 continued to produce some great tennis after Italy’s Roberta Vinci easily won her first match against Chanelle Scheepers.

Eleventh seed Vinci, who could possibly go further than her Wimbledon best, won four aces and scored 23 winners compared to Scheepers’ 16.

She took advantage of break points and won an impressive five out of seven while her South African opponent only managed to win 10%.

Vinci took less than an hour to defeat Scheepers and after winning 6-2 6-1 she continues her bid for the Wimbledon crown.

Sabine Lisicki, who reached the semi-finals in 2011, pulled out huge serves and shots in her first match of the tournament.

Francesca Schiavone was never given a chance to come back after losing the first set 1-6 and in just over an hour on court one, Lisicki was victorious.

Lisicki, who is a popular player at Wimbledon, knew the quality of the opponent she was against: the 24th seed was unstoppable and looks certain to progress far in this year’s competition.

 

RESULTS:

LAURA ROBSON BEATS MARIA KIRILENKO 6-3 6-4

ROBERTA VINCI BEATS CHANELLE SCHEEPERS 6-2 6-1

SABINE LISICKI BEATS FRANCESCA SCHIAVONE 6-1 6-2

 

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