29 Jun 2013

Robson delivers rare success for British women

7:00 am on 29 June 2013

New Zealand's Marina Erakovic will face British women's tennis darling Laura Robson in her next match at Wimbledon after Robson beat Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino 6-4 6-1 to reach the third round for the first time.

Dubbed the "next big thing" in the British game five years ago when she won the junior Wimbledon title as a 14-year-old, Robson was given the unexpected honour of playing on Centre Court after her match was postponed by rain on Thursday.

With the rest of Wimbledon under rain covers all eyes were on Robson but after a nervy start she eventually dealt with the occasion, and the unexpected position of starting favourite, superbly and Duque-Marino had no answers to the 19-year-old's forehand fusillade.