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Robson laughs off Rooney gaffe

ESPN staff
September 1, 2012
Laura Robson talks to ESPN

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Laura Robson revelled in her new-found celebrity status after securing another stunning win at the US Open on Friday.

Robson overcame Li Na 6-4 6-7 6-2 to follow up her shock victory over Kim Clijsters, which sent the Belgian into retirement.

The Brit's run at Flushing Meadows has attracted back-page headlines, and prompted Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney to offer his congratulations - but the England forward mistakenly called her 'Robinson', later blaming predictive text for the mistake.

"Can you blame that on predictive text?" Robson laughed. "I'm not so sure. But it's great that he watched - even if he got my name wrong. Maybe a few people a bit younger than me have seen his tweets and said, I want to play a bit of tennis now. It's great.

"I think James Corden was watching me today, as well. I spotted him midway, like first set, and then spent the rest of the time trying not to wave."

Robson will face Sam Stosur, the defending champion, in the fourth round, and she admits she is shocked to have progressed so far at the tournament.

"When the draw came out, I wasn't really looking past the first round," she said.

Robson is the first British woman to go this far in a major since Sam Smith at Wimbledon in 1998.

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