Wimbledon: Laura Robson battles back to beat Marina Erakovic in three sets
Last Updated: 29/06/13 8:14pm
Laura Robson fended off Marina Erakovic to reach the last 16
Laura Robson booked her spot in the fourth round of the Wimbledon singles after recovering from the brink of defeat to see off New Zealander Marina Erakovic in three sets.
The 19-year-old Londoner won 1-6 7-5 6-3 but only after the world No 71 had served for the match in the second set.
With barely an hour on the clock, the 25-year-old Kiwi stood on the edge of victory when serving for a place in the last 16 at 5-4.
But, as an increasingly desperate Robson finally started going for her shots, and Erakovic began to tighten up, the young Brit broke serve for the first time to level matters at 5-5.
From there Robson seemed more at ease with herself as she raced into a 4-0 lead in the deciding set, after staving off three break points at love-40 down in the third game.
Erakovic, whose spirit must have been seriously dented by this stage, made a brief recovery by taking three of the next four games, which included a match-point for Robson in game eight.
But the world No 38 held her nerve to seal victory on her second match point at the expense of Erakovic, who is still to reach the fourth round of any Grand Slam event.
However, at one point, it was Robson who had been under pressure on Court No 2.
In the early stages of the contest, Erakovic had needed just 22 minutes to wrap up a one-sided first set.
From Erakovic's first six service games Robson could win a total of just six points and, for those watching in the bright sunshine, it was clear that the weight of expectation on her shoulders was taking its toll.
But, somehow, she managed to turn the match around and move to within one more victory of a possible quarter-final meeting with world No 1 and defending champion Serena Williams.
The British No 1 now faces Kaia Kanepi on Monday after the Estonian beat Alison Riske of the United States 6-2 6-3, in a match involving two unseeded players.
As for Saturday's win, Robson said: "I was getting my butt kicked basically.
"I was really struggling to return her serve. She is playing really well and I just thought I would try as best as I can, work as hard as possible, and just stick with it until she started to get nervous, which is what happened."