Robson claims landmark win
British teenager reaches first ever WTA Tour semi-final
Last Updated: 14/07/12 9:56am
Laura Robson: Biggest win of career in Palermo
Laura Robson fought off intense heat and the challenge of world number 41 Carla Suarez Navarro to reach the first main tour semi-final of her career at the Italiacom Open in Palermo.
The 18-year-old, who beat second seed Roberta Vinci on Thursday, followed it up by finishing off her Spanish opponent 6-4 2-6 6-3 in a match briefly delayed at the start of the final set due to temperatures in excess of 30 degrees.
Robson broke Suarez Navarro early in the first set and managed to retain her advantage to nudge ahead, but with the rising heat clearly a factor the Spaniard dominated the second set and looked in control.
But after a 10-minute delay Robson fought back in a final set that saw five consecutive breaks of serve, before she managed to serve out for the biggest win of her career in two hours and two minutes.
Robson, the British number four, reached the second round of consecutive grass-court tournaments at Birmingham and Eastbourne last month to briefly make her debut inside the world's top 100.
And despite going out in the first round of Wimbledon, her performance against former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone suggested she was not far from making an impression on the tour.
Robson will take on eighth seed and world number 71 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the semi-finals on Saturday, after the Czech player upset third seed Julia Goerges 7-6 (7/4) 6-7 (4/7) 6-1.
Top seed and home favourite Sara Errani remains the woman to beat after she overcame Alexandra Cadantu 6-2 6-2, and the Italian will next face Irina Begu for a place in the final.