Laura Robson books spot in second round of China Open by beating Kimiko Date-Krumm
Laura Robson continued her fine recent form by claiming a 6-4 6-4 victory over Kimiko Date-Krumm at the China Open.
Last Updated: 02/10/12 11:30am
The 18-year-old, who reached the final of the Guangzhou Open last weekend, took another step towards a top-50 ranking by defeating an opponent more than twice her age in Beijing.
Robson made a slow start, however, as Japanese veteran Date-Krumm raced into a 4-1 lead before being pegged back.
Robson began to gain in confidence as she powered down several big forehands on her way to winning five straight games and the first set.
She continued to control things in the second set and completed the win to book a second round clash with Lourdes Dominguez Lino, who defeated Roberta Vinci of Italy 6-7 (4-7) 7-6 (7-4) 6-2.
"I'm feeling confident when I play at the moment. Even when I'm not playing my best like I was today I still feel that I am able to win matches," Robson told AFP.
She added: "I was a double-break down in the first set and I knew I had to get a lot better and start moving my feet a bit more.
"She's a tough opponent to play against because she hits the ball very low so you have to bend your legs a lot more than I like to."
Elsewhere in the first round, sixth seed Sara Errani was forced to retire with a thigh injury while 5-4 down in the first set against fellow Italian Camia Giorgi.
Russian duo Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina booked their second round with straight sets victories against Maria Kirilenko and Mona Barthel respectively.
Ninth seed Marion Bartoli, unseeded Monica Niculescu, Ayumi Morita and home favourites Li Na and Peng Shuai also progressed on Sunday.