(August 30, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Last year a feisty No. 89 Laura Robson dismissed Li Na at the US Open in the third round. This year the No. 6 player in the world turned the tables on the young Brit who is the 30th seed, with a 6-2, 7-5 victory on Arthur Ashe Stadium on Friday to move into the round of 16.
Li Na dominated, but Robson hurt herself by making 30 unforced to only seven winners on Friday morning.
“I thought she played really well,“ Robson said. “She didn’t give me too many chances in the rally, so I never felt I got a rhythm going with my groundies.
“It’s always tough. Yeah, I thought she played a really good match.”
“I’m disappointed about today, for sure, and I thought I could have played a lot better, “ Robson continued. But, you know, I always knew it was going to be a tough match.
“All in all, I guess it was an average week.”
“Still far away to win the tournament,” said the Chinese No. 1. “Now just beginning of the second week. I just in the second week, so still have a lot of matches. I have to improve myself.
“So, yeah, I will try the best on court.”
Li will play Jelena Jankovic for a place in the quarterfinals.
Agnieszka Radwanska took down Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4, 7-6 (1) to reach the fourth round at the US Open.
“I’m very happy that I won another match in two sets.” The Polish No. 3 seed said. “Of course it was tough, two tight sets. Actually the first one, and the second one, it was just by a couple points.
“But definitely I played very good in the tiebreak. I was really focused from the beginning, and I just wanted to win the tiebreaker very much.
The third seeded Radwanksa won in 73 minutes. She will play Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova in the round of 16 for a place in the quarterfinals.