Wimbledon: Laura Robson delights home crowd with second round win over Mariana Duque-Marino
Last Updated: 29/06/13 6:55am
Laura Robson: Through to the third round at Wimbledon for the first time
Britain's Laura Robson has reached the third round of Wimbledon for the first time after defeating Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino in straight-sets under the roof on Centre Court.
The British No.1 overcame the pressure of being the only home player left in the women's singles draw with an encouraging 6-4 6-1 victory on a rain-affected Friday at the All England Club.
Robson will fancy her chances of extending her career-best run, too, with world No. 71 Marina Erakovic her scheduled last 32 opponent.
Rain the previous day had delayed this second round match and meant Robson was playing on Centre Court in front of a packed-out crowd.
Nerves understandably crept in during the opening stages, where unheralded Duque-Marino broke to claim an early 2-1 lead.
But that setback only served to kick the 19-year-old left-hander into gear.
The Londoner rattled off four games in a row to romp 5-2 ahead, although she wobbled when serving for the set, as two double faults crept in.
She eventually crossed the line in the 10th game when Duque-Marino netted a volley close-in, and Robson's celebration was one of pure relief as she returned to her chair.
The second set was much more one-sided, Robson breaking at her first attempt with a stunning crosscourt forehand winner after her Colombian opponent had crept forward.
World No. 117 Duque-Marino appeared deflated by that blow and quickly slumped 3-0 behind.
Back-to-back aces, the first of the match, at least saw her avoid a bagel, however Robson was in ruthless mood and raced through the remainder of the set to reach round three.