US Open 2011: Laura Robson suffers second-round defeat
British teenager loses 6-2 6-3 to Anabel Medina Garrigues of Spain in second round of US Open
Laura Robson, playing her first US Open main draw, found the going tough in her second-round match against the Spanish No30 seed and clay-court expert, Anabel Medina Garrigues.
The 17-year-old Brit opened serve and held her own until 2-2 but found herself a break point down in the fifth game.
A long backhand conceded the break before a shanked volley brought another break as Medina Garrigues served out the first set 6-2.
The story in the second set was not dissimilar, the Spaniard determining the rhythm of the match from baseline and making precious few errors: six in total.
Robson, as is her way, continued to go for her shots and made the occasional down-the-line winner, but her serve was inconsistent and her overheads let her down badly.
She had her chances in the second set. Two cracking forehands and a backhand cross-court winner yielded two break point chances but she could not convert.
With the match level at 3-3, the Robson error-count increased and a double fault followed by a wide forehand gave the break to Medina Garrigues.
History repeated as Robson served to save the match: a double fault followed by wild volley and it was over, 6-3.
It was an error-riddled match from Robson””32 in total””a fact that she quickly identified afterwards: “I made too many mistakes, tried to go for too much. She give you so little.”
Clearly disappointed, she nevertheless admitted that she will take many positives from her first experience in New York.
She won through qualifying all the way to the second round without the help of a wild card and now looks forward to being able to play a full schedule from the beginning of next year when she turns 18.
And her main ambition? “To qualify for the Olympics would be fantastic.”
Her game is improving all the time and she has no intention of changing her attacking style of play. Sit back and watch her rise in 2012.