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Robson marches into second round
Laura Robson showed her battling qualities to get her US Open campaign off to a flying start in New York.
The 19-year-old reached the fourth round here last year but expectations of a repeat have been tempered by a wrist injury that forced her out of her last three tournaments.
Her right wrist was strapped but it did not appear to hamper Robson as she fought through a difficult first set against Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino before running away with the second to win 7-5 6-0.
Robson had lost both her previous matches against the tricky Dominguez Lino, whose excellent retrieving and mix of spins and slices made her something of a nightmare opponent for the attack-minded British teenager.
The first set was definitely not one for the purists, with both players throwing in a lot of double faults and breaks aplenty.
Twice Robson trailed by a break but both times hit back straightaway, which was imperative when Dominguez Lino served for the first set at 5-4.
The British number one's greater power and crisp ball striking meant she was usually dictating the rallies, but finishing them off was a different story.
She was forced to save three more break points in the 11th game before finally nudging ahead, and she made it count by breaking to take the set, her powerful groundstrokes making the difference.
Robson is the 30th seed, the first British woman to be seeded at a grand slam since Jo Durie at the 1987 Australian Open, and, the pressure released, she showed her superiority in the second set with a flurry of winners.
Robson said: "I thought going into the match I'd be a little bit rusty, so I'm really happy to get the win today, especially playing as well as I did in the end.
"I played really well here last year. I'm only in the second round now, so I have a long way to go."
Robson's next match will be against another 19-year-old, France's Caroline Garcia.