Young Brit Laura Robson will has the daunting task of beating both Williams sisters on consecutive days at the Italian Open this week in Rome. And she’s halfway there after defeating Venus this afternoon 63, 62 to set up for her what is a long awaited match-up against the best in the game, Serena.
“I’ve never played her and I have always wanted to,” Robson said of Serena. “It’ll be a good test and she is playing probably her best tennis and so she is not losing and so its going to be insanely tough but I’m just going to go out there and do my best.”
Serena lost to another teen Sloane Stephens in Australia but the world No. 1 has been dominant recently.
The 19-year-old Robson is making slow but steady strides up the rankings. She’s currently No. 39 on the WTA computer and now within reach of fulfilling one of her goals of getting seeded at a Slam this year.
“I wanted to be seeded for Wimbledon,” she says, “and it would be great if I were to be seeded for Roland Garros as well but I think that depends on how people do here and also next week in Strasbourg. If it happens it’ll be great and if not then I’ll just have to play well in the grass season but it seems like I prefer to play against seeded players and so perhaps it’s a good thing that I’m not seeded.”
In addition to her win over Venus today, the lefty who’s still without a full-time coach just beat Agnieszka Radwanksa last week in Madrid and also had an excellent victory over Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open.
“She has a great game and is really young and just free and looks great on the court,” Serena said. “And so smooth and she is a lefty and this adds a notch to her level. She’s a great girl and good to see her. I’ve never played her before and I’d love to. It’s a tough second round.”
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