FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY â€“ Great Britainâ€™s Laura Robson upset another major champion in her current Â runÂ at the US Open. The 18-year-old Â who dismissed Kim Clijsters on Wednesday continued to knock off major champions on Friday with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 victory over 9th seed and 2011 French Open champion Li Na.
â€œI have just worked hard over the last few weeks and I feel like Iâ€™m playing very good,â€ Robson said.
â€œI have had lots of tough matches against some experienced opponents, so, you know, the way I see it, it was the time to start winning a few of them.â€
“Huge first serve,” Li Na said of her opponent’s game.Â “Yeah.Â I mean, I was feeling still have chance, not like didn’t have chance.Â So I think I was making a lot of mistake in my, how you say, whole match, so of course give a lot of free point for her. Â Made her like, oh, I got more confidence.Â Oh, I can beat her.”
The win moves the 89th ranked Robson into the fourth round where sheâ€™ll face US Open defending champion Samantha Stosur for a place in the quarterfinals. She is now the first British woman to reach the round of 16 since 1998.
Samantha Stosurâ€™s match was a tale of two sets â€“ one tight and the other easy in her 7-6, 6-2 win over 31st seed American Varvara Lepchenko. The seventh seed from Australia has never played Robson and discussed her upcoming match.
â€œSheâ€™s obviously full of confidence and had two very, very good wins,â€ Stosur told media. â€œI definitely canâ€™t go into that match lightly. I have to go out there and be really on my game and ready to play.â€