A.Radwanska defeats Keys to advance at Wimbledon, Robson also through

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4th seeded Pole Agnieszka Radwanska took on the 52nd ranked American teenager, Madison Keys on Court three. The Pole led the head to head 1-0 in a match that she won 6-1 6-1 in Miami last year. Saturday’s match was the polar opposite, as it took her fifty seven minutes to edge the first very close set. Keys came out fighting again in the second set, undaunted by the stature of her opponent, and took the set 6-4. In the decider, Radwanska got the only break to take the set 6-3 in a match that lasted two hours and twenty two minutes. Keys blasted a total of 15 aces to the Pole’s 2 and each only had one double fault in the entire match. Keys also outdid Radwanska on winners on both flanks – 67 to 23, but the Pole’s consistent game had only 10 unforced errors to her opponent’s 51.

British heroine, 38th ranked Laura Robson, played the 71st ranked New Zealander Marina Erakovic on Court 2. Erakovic won their only previous meeting in three sets, at Eastbourne on grass last year; and has the perfect grass court game. Robson was hoping to be the first British player to make the last 16 since 1998. Erakovic completely overpowered Robson in the first set and took it 6-1 in just twenty two minutes. She then went a break up in the second before Robson found her range and made a match of it. She fought back to level at 5-5 and went on to take the set 7-5 after a marathon 51 minutes. With the fans wildly cheering her on, she took the decider 6-3. Stats show that Erakovic served twelve aces to Robson’s five, but eight to two doubles respectively. She also had more winners, less unforced errors and won more points, but these stats mostly relate to the first set. This win puts Robson into the top 30 for the first time.

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