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Champion Robson gets through opener

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Originally published on: 26/02/10 12:38

The 15-year-old left-hander made a name for herself last year with a brilliant run to the final, where she defeated third seed Noppawan Lertcheewakarn.

Robson received a wild card for the women’s singles this year and pushed former world number five Daniela Hantuchova to three sets before bowing out and on Monday she coasted to a 6-3 6-2 victory over 17-year-old Canadian Katarena Paliivets.

Robson’s extra power was a significant factor in the outcome as she rifled down eight aces and made 36 winners.

With fervent British support behind her on Court 14, Robson was never really troubled by Paliivets and will face 18-year-old Australian Sally Peers in the second round.

Last year in the second round, Robson knocked out the top girls’ seed Melanie Oudin, who this year reached the fourth round of the women’s event, losing today to Agnieszka Radwanska.

As second seed this year, Robson is at the bottom of the draw and will have to play every day if she is to reach Saturday’s final.

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