18 April 2019
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Tennis: Laura Robson breezes into round two in Tokyo

September 24, 2010

Laura Robson bagged an impressive first round win at the Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo, defeating Anastasija Sevastova in three sets.

It took the British number six just an hour and a half to defeat world number 57 Sevastova, in the first round of the tournament;  6-1, 3-6, 6-4.

Robson now faces Belgium’s Kirsten Flipkens or Simona Halep (ROU) in round two.

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The competition boasts a two million dollar prize fund, which also sees British number one Elena Baltacha, who was also successful in her first round game against Sachie Ishizu of Japan. The Brit defeated Ishizu, the home-favourite and also a finalist at Junior Wimbledon this year, in straight sets; 6-4, 6-2 in an hour and 20 minutes.

The win also boosted Baltacha from 57th to 49th in the World Rankings, and she says she had to pull out all the stops to overcome a tough opponent:

“She’s a very, very talented young player and she forced me to play well.  I think we’ll see a lot of her in the future. I really had to step it up and I did that, plus the difference in experience helped me a little bit as well.

“Now that I’m top 50, you start setting your goals a lot higher, I spent about ten years trying to make the top 100 and didn’t get anywhere near it, so to do this at the age of 27 feels great.”

Baltacha will now play Greta Arn of Hungary in round two of the qualifying, needing to win just one more match to reach the main draw. Having already lost to Arn in a previous encounter this year, the 27-year old is out for revenge:

“I had a tough match against Arn in Rome this year and that was a bit of a heartbreaker because I got into a good position a couple of times only to lose in three sets. I know she can play but I also know that if I play well it’s one I can win. That was on clay, this is on hard-courts and I also feel like I am a much better player than I was then,  so there are a lot of reasons why I’m going into the match feeling very positive.”

Lisa Warman, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

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