Robson and Watson lead British cheer

BRITISH tennis had reason to cheer at Flushing Meadows last night when Laura Robson and Heather Watson both advanced to the quarter-finals of the US Open junior girls&rsquo; singles title.<br /><br />Fifteen-year-old Robson, the 2008 Wimbledon girls&rsquo; champion, defeated 12th seed Tamaryn Hendler of Belgium 6-2, 6-1 to book a last eight clash with American wild card Lauren Davis.<br /><br />Robson said: &ldquo;I liked how she hit it hard, it was easier for me. I was looking to hit percentage shots rather than going for the lines so I think that&rsquo;s why it seemed a bit more fluid.<br /><br />&ldquo;It was a lot harder than the score suggests because there were a lot of games that went to deuce and she had a couple of break point chances.<br />&ldquo;So it wasn&rsquo;t a routine match but I thought I played well.&rdquo;<br /><br />She was joined by 11th seed Watson, who also enjoyed a straight-sets success, beating Germany&rsquo;s Annike Beck 6-4, 7-5.<br /><br />The 17-year-old from Guernsey will now play Thailand&rsquo;s second seed Noppawan Lertcheewakam, who was beaten by Robson in the 2008 Wimbledon final 15 months ago but currently holds the All England Club title.