Laura Robson Defeats Venus Williams At 2013 Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome); Can She Take Out Serena?

Laura Robson (click to enlarge)

Let me get this out of the way early. Laura Robson defeating Venus Williams at the 2013 Internazionali BNL d’Italia (Rome) is not an upset; not in May 2013. In 2010, maybe…but now, Laura Robson is a young gun on the rise while Venus, a Hall of Fame player for so long, is a shadow of her former self. Laura beat #4 Agnieszka Radwanska at Madrid and had Ana Ivanovic on the ropes, so Robson has game. That game is going to be tested in the next round as she goes from the frying pan into the fire with Venus’ little sister, the great Serena Williams. The list of players that have beaten both Williams sisters in the same tournament reads like a special wing of the Hall of Fame; Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Steffi Graf, Martina Hingis, Kim Clijsters, Lindsay Davenport, Justine Henin and Jelena Jankovic. I think Laura has the talent to one day challenge Serena, but for now I would be surprised to see Serena lose to Robson, especially after Laura took her big sister out of the tournament. Still, it could happen. Sometimes a young player breaks through in a defining match. If Laura pulls the upset, it will be the biggest win of her tennis life.

SINGLES – FIRST ROUND
[9] Samantha Stosur (AUS) d Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) | 6 – 2 | 6 – 3 | MATCH DETAILS
Shuai Peng (CHN) d Monica Niculescu (ROU) | 4 – 6 | 6 – 3 | 6 – 2 | MATCH DETAILS
Ayumi Morita (JPN) d Sorana Cirstea (ROU) | 6 – 1 | 6 – 3 | MATCH DETAILS
Jelena Jankovic (SRB) d Tsvetana Pironkova (BUL) | 6 – 3 | 6 – 0 | MATCH DETAILS
Sabine Lisicki (GER) d Mallory Burdette (USA) | 6 – 1 | 6 – 2 | MATCH DETAILS
Garbine Muguruza (ESP) d Mathilde Johansson (FRA) | 1 – 6 | 6 – 0 | 6 – 2 | MATCH DETAILS
Nastassja Burnett (ITA) d Alize Cornet (FRA) | 6 – 2 | 6 – 2 | MATCH DETAILS
Kiki Bertens (NED) d Francesca Schiavone (ITA) | 7 – 6 (5) | 6 – 1 | MATCH DETAILS
Simona Halep (ROU) d Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) | 6 – 1 | 6 – 1 | MATCH DETAILS
Laura Robson (GBR) d Venus Williams (USA) | 6 – 3 | 6 – 2 | MATCH DETAILS
Melanie Oudin (USA) d Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) | 2 – 6 | 7 – 5 | 4 – 2 | MATCH DETAILS

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LAURA ROBSON

VENUS WILLIAMS

AYUMI MORITA

SABINE LISICKI

MALLORY BURDETTE

SORANA CIRSTEA

MELANIE OUDIN

EKATERINA MAKAROVA

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