Robson beats injured Venus

BRITISH No1 Laura Robson fulfilled a childhood dream when she beat former world No1 Venus Williams in the Rome Open first round.

The 19-year-old triumphed 6-3 6-2 and now faces Venus’s sister Serena in round two.

Though Williams, who suffers from Sjogren’s Syndrome which affects the immune system, is not the force she once was, Robson was happy with the experience.

“I remember saying when I was 14 that I wanted to play her,” she said. “I finally got my wish.”