Laura Robson upbeat despite Jelena Jankovic‎ defeat

Martin Caparrotta
By Martin Caparrotta
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Robson won the Wimbledon Girls' singles title in 2008

Laura Robson was content with her performance despite losing to fourth seed Jelena Jankovic in the first round of Wimbledon yesterday.

The British youngster’s match was scheduled second on Centre Court on the opening day and followed a five-set thriller between Roger Federer and Alejandro Falla.

16-year-old Robson, who won the Wimbledon Girls’ singles title in 2008, displayed glimpses of just why she is so widely-tipped to become Britain’s next female tennis star, serving 13 aces and battling hard in the second set.

The Serbian former world No.1 proved too much for her however, triumphing 6-3 7-6.

“Overall I think it was a pretty good match,” Robson told a press conference afterwards. “She could have won the second set 6-3 because I was 5-3 down, but I fought back.”

“I thought I could have done more in the rallies, especially in the tie-break I could have tried to be more aggressive, but she (Jankovic) is number four in the world for a reason.”

Speaking about playing in Centre Court, Robson said: “I thought it was going to be a lot more overwhelming, the court is not as big as it seems on TV.

“But it was really good to play on Centre and great that there were a lot of people cheering me on.”

Robson’s family home is five minutes walk from the Wimbledon grounds and when asked whether grass was her favourite surface, she added: “I like hard courts and I’m getting better on clay.

“I wouldn’t like to pin everything on grass courts because there aren’t that many tournaments every year.

“But it is a favourite surface of mine because it helps being a left-handed player.”

Her 25-year-old opponent was impressed with the Brit’s serving, saying she had never seen a serve as good in a player of Robson’s age.

“It’s really amazing,” said Jankovic. “She’s very young and she has a really great serve, especially her first serve which is really difficult to return on grass where the ball skids.”

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