Robson wins first qualifier
Originally published on: 26/02/10 13:00
The 15-year-old Briton defeated Australia’s Sophie Ferguson 6-4 2-6 6-4 in a match that lasted two hours and 11 minutes.
Robson, ranked 406 in the world, was handed a wild card entry into qualifying last week after she teamed with Andy Murray to help Great Britain reach the final of the Hopman Cup.
The teenager defeated Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez, the world number 26, in the final in Perth to underline her growing status.
Robson was, however, below her best on Thursday as she battled 44 unforced errors to eventually overcome a player ranked over 250 places higher than her.
Next up for Robson will be 21-year-old Michaella Krajicek who reached the third round at the Australian Open in 2006.
Robson must negotiate two more rounds of qualifying to reach the main draw.
Naomi Cavaday joined Robson in the next round after she battled back to defeat Alexandra Panova 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-3.
Melanie South’s bid was ended at the first hurdle as she fell 6-3 6-3 to Shenay Perry.