Robson and Scheepers reach Osaka quarterfinals

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Laura Robson and Chanelle Scheepers advanced into quarterfinals of the HP Women’s Japanese Open 2012 in Osaka after dismissing their opponents in two sets.

On-form British teenager Robson had anything but conventional first meeting with 228th-ranked Yi-Miao Zhou of China. Eighth seed Robson got a hold of a three break lead and was in a comfort zone by 5-0 in the opening set. The Chinese then started to make up for the deficit, but ran out of time and knowledge as the British prodigy served out the set with a love game. Another strong start for Robson in the set number two, although Zhou managed to hold her initial serve 1-0 after saving three break balls in a nineteen rallies long game. Robson failed to consolidate her first break, but eventually moved 4-2 up, averting four break balls in the process. She could even afford herself wasting four match balls on Zhou’s serve, yet her victory was imminent nonetheless. The fifth match ball did the trick and brought 18-year-old Robson a deserved 6-4, 6-4 triumph. She is meeting Taiwanese Chang next.

The end of the Osaka road for experienced Croatian player Mirjana Lucic who kept losing a serve after a serve in the opening set. Seventh seed Scheepers might have failed to confirm her first two breaks, but consolidated her service game later on to seize the first set. She had obviously found her rhythm as Lucic never got close to breaking her in the set two. Furthermore, she kept putting pressure on the Croat’s serving and practically killed the match off by building an unassailable 5-1 lead. She converted her first match ball two games later for a 6-2, 6-2 second round victory. Her quarterfinal challenger is unseeded Japanese Doi.

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