DEFENDING US Open champion Sam Stosur last night lauded Laura Robson as one of the sport’s rising talents after eliminating the Briton with a 6-4, 6-4 win in the tournament’s fourth round.
The resilient Robson saved eight match points before Stosur secured victory after 98 minutes of a match in which the world No89 fought to become the first British female to reach the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows in 28 years, and the Australian afterwards admitted that her rapidly improving opponent had provided a significant challenge.
“It was getting a little close there,” she said. “It was one of those things were you had to try not to get too frustrated or too down with yourself. I think she’s a very good player. She’s very young and has lots and lots of years ahead of her. She hits the ball great and really thinks things through when she’s out there. She’s one of those players we’ll certainly have to look out for in the future.”
The crucial stage of the match came at 4-4 in the first set but Robson was unable to capitalise on two break points and thereafter Stosur gradually edged ahead.
British No1 Andy Murray today faces the big serving Milos Raonic of Canada and can expect lower temperatures after appearing to tire in the heat of Saturday’s 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 victory over Feliciano Lopez.