Laura Robson, Li Na Set For Showdown After Winning On Day 3 Of US Open 2013; Celebrating Victoria Duval’s Upset Of 2011 Champion Samantha Stosur

Laura Robson (click to enlarge)

The one problem I always seem to run into with being a fan of so many players is that inevitably…repeatedly…they will play each other. I am thrilled to see Laura Robson and Li Na both advance in round 2 of the 2013 US Open. Unfortunately, as a fan of both of them, only one of them will advance past round 3 since they next play each other. Li Na is already a Major winner, having captured Roland Garros 2011. Laura Robson has the look of a future Major winner. Adding to the intrigue of the match, Laura knocked Li Na out of the US Open last year in the third round. Robson had ousted the retiring Kim Clijsters in the previous round.

“Since last year, I think both of us have improved a lot. I’m really looking forward to possibly playing against her again. For sure it’ll be challenging because she’s a lefty and an aggressive player. It’s also a challenge because I want to prove myself and show I can do better than last year.” – Li Na

Victoria Duval celebrates after defeating Samantha Stosur (click to enlarge)

I was a bit busy yesterday, but I wanted to take a moment today to offer praise to Victoria Duval for what she accomplished in taking out 2011 US Open champion Samantha Stosur in the first round Tuesday. Duval is Haitian-American. Her father almost died in the Haitian earthquake in 2011. It took nearly 11 hours to find him. After several surgeries, he is still unable to work. He was buried in the ruble and had to climb out despite having both legs broken and an arm broken, not mention broken ribs. Victoria also has memories she would like to forget, such as being held hostage at gunpoint once in Haiti for several hours when she was seven. Despite these, and other hardships in her life, she maintains a bubbly personality. If there is anybody to root for to do well, it’s Victoria Duval.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (32) vs. Ashleigh Barty 6-4, 6-0 final
Serena Williams (1) vs. Galina Voskoboeva postponed
Yaroslava Shvedova vs. Patricia Mayr-Achleitner postponed
Ekaterina Makarova (24) vs. Bethanie Mattek-Sands postponed
Sabine Lisicki (16) vs. Paula Ormaechea postponed

Na Li (5) vs. Sofia Arvidsson 6-2, 6-2 final
Carla Suarez Navarro (18) vs. Coco Vandeweghe 6-3, 6-4 final
Angelique Kerber (8) vs. Eugenie Bouchard postponed
Sorana Cirstea (19) vs. Kurumi Nara postponed
Jamie Hampton (23) vs. Kristina Mladenovic delayed

Agnieszka Radwanska (3) vs. Maria-Teresa Torro-Flor 6-0, 7-5 final
Sloane Stephens (15) vs. Urszula Radwanska delayed
Kaia Kanepi (25) vs. Anna Schmiedlova postponed
Laura Robson (30) vs. Caroline Garcia 6-4, 7-6 (7-5) final
Jelena Jankovic (9) vs. Alisa Kleybanova postponed

Venus Williams vs. Jie Zheng 3-6, 6-2, 6-7 (5-7) final

ALL PICS CLICK TO ENLARGE

LAURA ROBSON

LI NA

VICTORIA DUVAL

AGNIESZKA RADWANSKA

ZHENG JIE

with Venus Williams

ANASTASIA PAVLYUCHENKOVA

VENUS WILLIAMS

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