Robson toppled in Tokyo
Laura Robson exited her first WTA Tour tournament on foreign soil in round one as she was defeated by Greta Arn in Tokyo.
Last Updated: 27/09/10 10:56am
Laura Robson's first appearance in a WTA Tour tournament on foreign soil was brought to an early end, as she lost to Greta Arn in round one of the Pan Pacific Open.
The 16-year-old Briton, who came through qualifying to earn a spot in the main draw, fell to a 6-4 6-3 defeat against her Hungarian opponent in Tokyo.
The loss means that Robson will not get the chance to face world number two Caroline Wozniacki, who awaited the winner after receiving a bye in round one.
Elsewhere in the first round, Russia's Maria Kirilenko came through a tough battle to see off Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez 6-3 6-7 (7-5) 6-1 in the $2million event.
Sanchez was given a wildcard after Li Na withdrew and looked to be heading towards a quick exit when 5-3 down in the second set.
However, she fought back to take the tie-breaker after Kirilenko served three double faults before Sanchez closed the set out with an ace.
But Kirilenko regained control in the decider, breaking the Spaniard three times to secure a spot in the second round.
Number 16 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova secured a 7-5 7-5 victory over Dominika Cibulkova, while Daniela Hantuchova cruised to a 6-3 6-3 win over Angelique Kerber.
Wimbledon semi-finalists Petra Kvitova and Tsvetana Pironkova experienced contrasting fortunes - the former losing 7-6 (10-8) 6-2 to Alona Bondarenko and the latter beating Ayumi Morita 6-3 7-5.
Estonia's Kaia Kanepi comfortably beat American Melanie Oudin 6-4 6-4 and Andrea Petkovic of Germany eased past Argentina's Gisela Dulko 6-3 6-1.