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Robson, 15, wins hearts but loses battle at Wimbledon

<div>BRITISH starlet Laura Robson said she was &ldquo;upset but proud&rdquo; after the 15-year-old gave former world No5 Daniela Hantuchova a major scare at Wimbledon.<br /><br />Robson, last year&rsquo;s junior champion, had her opponent on the rack after taking the first set and moving a break ahead in the second. Nerves took their toll on the left-hander, however, and her serve unravelled to allow Hantuchova to win 3-6, 6-4, 6-2.<br /><br />It was a performance of bravery and chutzpah, though, marking Robson&rsquo;s grand slam debut in style. And the Australia-born youngster rightly took a clutch of positives from her senior Wimbledon bow.<br /><br />&ldquo;I&rsquo;m a little bit upset, but I&rsquo;m pretty proud of myself,&rdquo; said Robson. &ldquo;I thought I played really, really well for a good part of the match, and then in the end just a couple things let me down a bit.&rdquo;<br /><br />More than a dozen double faults played a huge part in the teenager&rsquo;s downfall, not least the two in succession that cost her the second set.<br /><br />She added: &ldquo;That probably had something to do with the whole atmosphere and all the nerves and everything. I hit a couple more double faults than I would have liked to, especially on the big points.&rdquo;<br /><br />Hantuchova &ndash; ranked 32nd in the world, some 456 places above Robson &ndash; did not enjoy her rough ride. The Slovakian said: &ldquo;It didn&rsquo;t feel very good being a set down and a couple games down and getting kicked by a girl 11 years younger than me.&rdquo;<br /><br />Other British hopefuls had a mixed first day at the All England Club.<br /><br />Melanie South narrowly lost 7-5, 7-6 (7-5) to France&rsquo;s Mathilde Johansson, and James Ward was steamrolled by seventh seed Fernando Verdasco.<br /><br />But Josh Goodall and Georgie Stoop are still in the hunt for shock wins &ndash; their matches, against Michael Llodra and No7 seed Vera Zvonareva respectively, will both resume today at one set each.<br /><br />Elsewhere, Roger Federer began his challenge for a sixth men&rsquo;s singles title with an emphatic victory over Taipei&rsquo;s Yen-Hsun Lu. In the women&rsquo;s draw former champions Maria Sharapova and Serena Williams were made to work hard for wins over Viktoriya Kutuzova and Neuza Silva.</div>