• US Open, Day Three

Robson toppled by Medina Garrigues

ESPN staff
August 31, 2011
Laura Robson shows her frustration after missing a shot © Getty Images

Laura Robson's US Open challenge came to a close at the second round stage, as she found 30th seed Anabel Medina Garrigues too strong.

Robson has designs on breaking into the top 100 and a clash with the Spaniard was a gauge of her chances. The British teenager matched her Spanish opponent on occasions, particularly on the forehand win, but she was let down by lapses in concentration and slipped to a 6-2 6-3 defeat.

Robson made a bright start to the match but surrendered her serve in sloppy fashion in the fifth game.

Losing her serve in such tepid fashion clearly jolted Robson's confidence as she mistimed a smash and threw her racket away in disgust as her opponent claimed a second break.

Medina Garrigues hammered home her superiority with a love service game, taking the set with an ace.

Medina Garrigues was solid rather than spectacular in the first set, as she repeatedly kept the ball in play and not making a single unforced error proved too much for Robson.

The Spaniard's level dipped slightly in the second set and Robson improved her game, matching blow for blow from the baseline. Robson worked a couple of break points in the sixth game and got a look at a second serve, but failed to convert and duly lost her own serve one game later when sending a forehand wide of the sideline.

Medina Garrigues never looked like passing up the opportunity and moved one game away from victory with an ace. And frustratingly for Robson and her supporters, she did not make the Spaniard serve out as Medina Garrigues was handed victory when the Brit threw a backhand over the baseline.

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