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Thursday 17 April 2014

Wimbledon: Laura Robson moves into fourth round after stunning fightback

Laura Robson of Britain hits a return to Marina Erakovic of New Zealand in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Laura Robson of Britain hits a return to Marina Erakovic of New Zealand in their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships

Laura Robson pulled off a heroic comeback against hard-hitting New Zealander Marina Erakovic to move into the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time.

The British number one surrendered the first set in just 22 minutes, but she came back from a break down in the second to level and kept up her momentum to record a highly impressive 1-6 7-5 6-3 win on Court Two.

The victory means Robson becomes the first British woman to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon for 15 years.

Having received words of encouragement from pop group One Direction and Prime Minister David Cameron this week, the spotlight was on Robson.

Pat Cash, Serena Williams and Virginia Wade had, inadvertently with their praise, added even more pressure on Robson by tipping her for greatness, and it looked for a long time like she was going to buckle after a disastrous first set.

But the 19-year-old responded brilliantly, discovering the power, movement and placement that had escaped her early on to claim victory and set up a fourth-round clash against Alison Riske or Kaia Kanepi.

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