(June 25, 2013) Teenager Laura Robson became the first British woman to knock out a top ten player at Wimbledon since 1998 when she beat No. 10 Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4 in the first round on Tuesday. The last time it happened it was Britain’s Sam Smith taking down No. 7 Conchita Martinez.
It was a big win for me,” Robson said. “I think it was good that I managed to tough it out after I got so nervous in the second set. And, yeah, I’m happy.”
A former junior Wimbledon champion, Robson used her big serve to overpower the Russian. Robson and Andy Murray remain the only singles players from Great Britain still in the draw.
Robson’s victory was celebrated by Great Britain’s Prime Minister Davis Cameron who tweeted:
— David Cameron (@David_Cameron) June 25, 2013
In her post-match news conference Robson was vehement in defending women’s tennis in Great Britain. When asked about what’s wrong with women’s tennis in her country she replied: “Nothing. You know, I think everyone had tough matches. You know, before this week, everyone was playing really well. So it’s unfortunate that no one else made the second round.
“But that happens sometimes. Last year I lost in the first round. So, uhm, yeah, you know, you go through stages of ups and downs like everyone else.”
This was the 19-year-old’s third victory over a top ten player. At the 2012 U.S. Open she defeated Li Na and Kim Clijsters.
“I think I go out against the top players with nothing to lose, ” Robson said. “I’ve always been like that. And in the past I’ve started out well in the first couple of games of the first set and then just not been able to hold on to that lead.
“I’ve been really happy with my progress with the last couple months with that and, yeah, just being able to tough out wins.”