Wimbledon Day 2: Robson – Sole Singles British Women’s Survivor…

By Ros Satar

Laura Robson def. Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4

The British no. 1 delivered a performance worthy of the position taking out 10th seed Maria Kirilenko.

When the draw was announced, there were winces as the teenager had been drawn against the world no. 10.

But Robson is nothing if not a big occasion player, scoring huge scalps at slams in the past.

Of Laura Robson’s 8 wins at Grand Slams, 4 have come against seeded players (8th, 9th, 10th and 29th). #wimbledon

— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) June 25, 2013

Robson, who is not averse to a Murray-like mutter herself, seemed to have really slowed service action down, the tweaks she spoke about in Paris lowering the double-fault count.

Robson’s movement was superb today – and all it took was a single break in the first set to put the Brit ahead.

Robson hit cruise control with a couple more breaks in quick succession, the commentators were purring, and then oh calamity – Kirilenko broke straight back.

Well – in reality not a calamity as Robson had a double break cushion, and it was enough of a lead to keep the Russian at bay.

Robson will meet qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino from Columbia, who beat Germany’s Julia Goerges.

Kaia Kanepi def. Tara Moore 7-5, 5-7, 7-5

In the afternoon, the ground-pass folk were treated to a real tussle out on Court 17, as the last of the British women’s wildcards took to the court.

At first it looked like a bit of a formality, as the Estonian sped to a 4-1 lead, but Moore is a gritty little fighter and she slugged her way back into the set, only to lose it on another broken serve.

That did not stop her sticking with Kanepi, who has made it as deep as the quarter finals (2010).

Moore got her just reward for taking her chances, and scrapped her way through a couple more back to back breaks to split sets.

A tumble in her first service game of the decider seemed to shock her a little, as Kanepi took advantage to edge to a 3-0 lead.

There was a lengthy delay as the physio probably had to negotiate a sea of Pimms and strawberry icebergs to get to the court and one mummified-knee later, it looked as though Kanepi was going to close it all out, having established another 4-1 lead.

Remember what happened last time?

So did Moore, who again clawed herself back, saving a match point along the way to level things at 5-5.

She managed to save a couple more along the way, but it was not to be for the plucky 20-year-old.

Of all the wildcard matches, this was the closest, and the one that proves that providing up and coming players the chance to play at this level can bring out the best in them.

Moore is ranked 194.

There is no reason to believe that with her new work approach, and under the coaching eye of Jeremy Bates, this young woman could be in Slams next year under her own steam.

Madison Keys def. Heather Watson 6-3, 7-5

Former British no. 1, Heather Watson continued her road back to recover from glandular fever, bowing out of the singles to 18 year-old Madison Keys from the US.

Watson showed moments of her former level before the illness, especially in the second set, sometimes catching Keys out of position with some blistering winners.

But losing her break advantage in the second set put Keys in the driving seat, along with a net cord that seemed to be made in the US, gifting Keys points at the beginning and end of Watson’s last game.

Coming into this match, Watson was defending R3 points, but she said afterwards that she was trying not to think about that.

She certainly was more competitive in the second set and perhaps a little unlucky not to take things into a decider, but by her own admission, her reactions and movement is not all there yet.

This was just her sixth match since returning from illness, and she is still in the doubles and the mixed doubles, before preparing for the hard court season.