Coming into Wimbledon, Laura Robson was presented with a tough first round match.

Tenth seed Maria Kirilenko awaited her. Robson, returning to Wimbledon after her silver medal in the mixed doubles at London 2012, where she partnered Andy Murray, was hoping to become only the second British player to advance past the first round.

Robson knows she is capable of beating the top seeds when she is playing well. This was proven at last years US open, where she beat two former grand slam champions - Li Na and Kim Clijsters - on her way to the fourth round where she was beaten by Australian Sam Stosur.

But Robson's first round match at Wimbledon sent seismic shocks to the world - Robson not only won her first round match against Kirilenko, she totally outclassed her, sparking a media frenzy about her ability. The media had started to heap pressure on Robson's shoulders, and at only 19 years of age, the world waited to see if she could handle the pressure.

Robson's second round match was much different. This time she was playing Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino. This would prove to be a different test for Laura, because unlike her first round match, she was expected to win this match comfortably.

Laura did win comfortably, securing a 6-4 6-1 victory. This was a very mature performance from the 19 year old, showing that she may be coming of age in this tournament.

The way Laura handled the pressure was admirable, further backing up claims from Serena Williams that she could easily be a top ten player in the future. The match was also on centre court after it was moved from court two due to rain delays.

With many top seeds being knocked out from the tournament, the most noticeable being Maria Sharapova and Victoria Azarenka, though the latter was forced to retire due to injury.

But with Laura's half of the draw opening up, she could face a potential quarter-final match-up with the dominant Serena Williams, providing she gets that far.

Laura now had even more pressure on her shoulders, which many argue is a good thing because she is taking some of the pressure off Andy Murray, who is trying to secure his first title at SW19.

Laura started shakily in her third round match against Mariana Erakovic - she lost the first set 6-1 with her opponent out serving and outhitting young Laura. She was then broken in the second set, with Erakovic, ranked 33 places below Robson, serving for the match.

Robson refused to give up - she broke back and battled on to win the second set 7-5. In the deciding set, Laura began to settle and was executing her ground strokes beautifully, something we have become accustomed to of late.

With Robson finding the middle of her racket more frequently, the winners soon followed and Robson took the decider 6-3 to secure a 1-6 7-5 6-3 victory, and a place in the second week of Wimbledon, the first British female to do so since Sam Smith in 1998.

Her next opponent was Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, ranked 46 so Robson was under no illusions - she knew it was a tough test. Unfortunately, the British public's dreams were shattered as she failed to overcome Kanepi, losing 7-6 7-5.

But despite her exit, it is clear that Laura is maturing as a player, and also has the ability to be a world-class talent in the years to come - something the British fans will be delighted about.

 

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