After Beating Venus, Laura Robson Can’t Wait To Play Serena
by Tom Gainey | May 13th, 2013, 2:43 pm

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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23 Comments for After Beating Venus, Laura Robson Can’t Wait To Play Serena

Brett Says:

Great that Laura doesn’t seem to be intimidated at all. I love seeing young players get excited about playing the best of the best. Laura has the right attitude. She knows it’s a great learning opportunity, win or lose.

RZ Says:

Another Grand Slam Winner scalp for Robson! I hope she can start playing consistently well against non-slam winners on non-show courts to keep her ranking on the rise later this year.

grisham Says:

Serena will crush her

gabrielle assemian Says:

Serena will crush her…i hope. Ooops.

moam Says:

Hahaha…yuk, yuk,…snort. Robson must have been high on adrenaline to say she can’t wait to get to Serena. Now Serena will be extra pissed off. To beat Vee and then say those words…
Does she not know what Serena has been doing to Sharapova since 2004.

RZ Says:

moam, in the quote posted above Robson says “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.” Why would Serena be extra pissed off about that?

Margot Says:

Would be more than happy if Laura does not eat bagels for tea.
Go Laura!

queen Says:

She does not know what she is asking for. Serena is a bulldozer.:) She should play ATP. At least Venus looks like a woman. Lol

cena Says:

Hmmm, me thinks Serena will use her as practice, but I like her feisty attitude.

RZ Says:

Margot, LOL! I hope so too. A win today would get her so close to being seeded at the French Open, but I just don’t see it happening.

RZ Says:

No bagels for Laura! She might be losing, but seems to be hitting the ball well (most of the time).

the DA Says:

Despite the scoreline, Serena isn’t crushing her at all. Had to work hard to hold her serve in that last game. Robson had 2 BPs but couldn’t convert. There’s more rallies than I thought there’d be.

alison Says:

The DA its certainly a more competitive second set,our girls got guts shes not laying down for Serena,shes a more confident player now after all those big wins shes had.

the DA Says:

8 DFs won’t help her cause either. Gifted that last game.

the DA Says:

She’s hit 16 winners to Serena’s 12. If she could only sort out that serve.

alison Says:

I think she can be very proud of herself with the resuts shes had lately,beating Li Na,Clijsters,Kvitova,Radwanska,Venus and pushing Ivanovic very close last week,no disgace to lose to the worlds best player,would love to see her having a crack at Azarenka now too,Grendel said some months back he thinks Robson will get inside the top 10 this year.

RZ Says:

Alison and DA, I agree – good showing for Laura. She played some great points, and made Serena work for most of it (except for those double faults).

grisham Says:

A fat Kvitova and an auto-immune sick Venus is are not big scalps.

the DA Says:

Very classy of Serena to applaud Laura as she left the court. I think it was an acknowledgement of her potential.

alison Says:

Grisham both are GS champions,Venus 7 times,although i agree both are not the players they were,Kvitova has not backed up what she did at Wimbledon in 2011.

alison Says:

The DA yeah and to think people say Serena has no class :D..

jane Says:

I hope Laura wins the next one!

grisham Says:

You can spin it any way you like, Robson was routined by Serena.

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