Monday, 22 June 2009

Wimbledon day 1: Defeat for Robson despite impressive debut display

Britain's Laura Robson was defeated in her debut senior match at Wimbledon after Daniela Hantuchova came from behind to win in three sets on SW19's new court no. 2.

The 15-year-old got off to a flying start and took the opening three games with Hantuchova struggling to deal with the teenager's power.

The Slovakian fought back but Robson held her nerve to take the set 6-3.

The former number 5 in the world rallied, cancelling out the Melbourne-born Brit's early break in the next set, but last year's girls title winner stayed with Hantuchova through a tight period in the match.

But Robson's emotions got the better of her at 5-4 down as she served a pair of double faults to concede the set. She had shown admirable maturity through the opening passages of play, but her youth and Hantuchova's wealth of experience eventually combined to cost her.

And at 3-2 down in the deciding set Robson was again broken after double-faulting at the crucial moment.

Hantuchova took the match comfortably in the end with Robson failing to win another game but the teenager, who only recently finished school, showed enough promise to suggest she will be a fixture on the women's tour for years to come.

Left-handed women are a rarity at the top of the women's game and Hantuchova only coped with Robson's thunderous serve and aggressive play from the back of the court towards the end of the match.

Hantuchova will now face the 16th seed Zheng Jie in the second round.

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