WTA Southern California Open: Laura Robson fights back to reach second round

Last Updated: 31/07/13 9:40am

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Laura Robson: Was made to sweat against Ayumi Morita in California

Laura Robson: Was made to sweat against Ayumi Morita in California

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Laura Robson battled through to the second round of the WTA Southern California Open after her opponent Ayumi Morita failed to serve out the match.

Japan's Morita was 6-4 5-4 up, taking a 30-0 lead, but couldn't close it out and eventually fell 4-6 7-5 6-2 to the British No 1.

The 19-year-old, who has climbed to world No 32 after reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, will next face Petra Kvitova.

Robson beat the third-seeded Czech at this year's Australian Open.

In Tuesday's other matches, Daniela Hantuchova roared through with a 6-0 6-0 thrashing of Austrian Tamira Paszek.

Slovakia's Hantuchova needed just 47 minutes to dispatch Paszek and set up a second-round meeting with second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.

The only seeded player in action was number eight Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain, who eased into the second round with a 6-4 6-3 victory over Japanese qualifier Sachie Ishizu.

Kazakh qualifier Sesil Karatantcheva upset Julia Goerges 6-3 7-5 to set up a meeting with fifth-seeded Aussie Samantha Stosur.

Meanwhile, Urszula Radwanska and US qualifier Coco Vandeweghe also made it through in comfortable fashion.

Top seed Victoria Azarenka opens her campaign with a second round clash against 2010 French Open winner Francesca Schiavone of Italy on Wednesday while former world No 1 Ana Ivanovic takes on defending Carlsbad champion Dominika Cibulkova.

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