Laura Robson has been knocked out of the China Open after being defeated by Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino
Last Updated: October 5, 2012 4:25pm
Laura Robson: Defeat to a higher-ranked player for the British No 1
Laura Robson has been knocked out of the China Open after being defeated by Spain's Lourdes Dominguez Lino.
Robson went into the second-round match as the higher-ranked player but a late break in the first set proved vital as Dominguez Lino triumphed 7-5 6-3.
The first set went with serve until the last game, when the Spaniard forced the match's first break point and won the set 7-5.
Another break came after, in game three of the second set, and Dominguez Lino backed it up with a hold to lead 3-1.
A further break for each player followed, leaving the 31-year-old with a 5-3 lead before wrapping up the victory in an hour and 35 minutes.
"I just wasn't consistent enough in the rallies and a lot of the time I tried to go for the wins too early," said Robson.
"It was just far too inconsistent. I'm happy with my week in general.
"I went one round further than I did last year and had three good wins, so there are a lot of positives."
Seventh seed Li Na brushed aside Nadia Petrova 6-1 6-2 to reach the last 16 - her first victory over the Russian in seven matches.
Li, who needs a big week to qualify for the season-ending WTA Championships, will play fellow Chinese Peng Shuai for a place in the last eight.
Later on Tuesday, world number one Victoria Azarenka had no problems in seeing off Sabine Lisicki 6-4 6-2.