SHE MAY not be scheduled to play on Centre Court like Andy Murray, but the fate of British starlet Laura Robson looks the most intriguing storyline for home fans today at Wimbledon.
For while second seed Murray is odds-on to thwart Russian Mikhail Youzhny and maintain his march to an anticipated final against world No1 Novak Djokovic, Robson is rated far less likely to beat Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi.
But if she does, and the overwhelming title favourite avoids an upset in her last 16 match, teenager Robson will face Serena Williams next. There seems little danger that would be relegated to No1 Court.
She is already in unfamiliar territory, having never been beyond the second round. Saturday’s nervy defeat of Marina Erakovic made the British No1 the first home woman in round four since 1998.
Kanepi, ranked 46th in the world to Robson’s 38th, has already seen off seventh seed Angelique Kerber, and the powerful 28-year-old reached the quarter-finals in 2010.
Youzhny, at No20, is the highest seed aside from Murray left in the Scot’s half of the draw and was only beaten last year in the last eight by eventual winner Roger Federer.
Murray, who is yet to drop a set, has won both of their previous meetings and, should he advance, would be likely to face Spain’s Fernando Verdasco next.
Centre Court (1pm start)
Serena Williams v Sabine Lisicki
Mikhail Youzhny v Andy Murray (GBR)
Novak Djokovic v Tommy Haas
No1 Court (1pm start)
Laura Robson (GBR) v Kaia Kanepi
Andreas Seppi v Juan Martin Del Potro
Bernard Tomic v Tomas Berdych
No2 Court (11:30am, selected)
Petra Kvitova v Carla Suarez Navarro
Roberta Vinci v Na Li