Japan Open: Despair for Laura Robson as she loses to Kimiko Date-Krumm

Last Updated: 08/10/13 10:15am

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Laura Robson: Beaten by Kimiko Date-Krumm in Osaka

Laura Robson: Beaten by Kimiko Date-Krumm in Osaka

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Laura Robson has joined fellow Brit Heather Watson in bowing out of the Japan Open after she lost to Kimiko Date-Krumm in Osaka.

It is the second time that Robson has lost at the event to the Japanese veteran, with Date-Krumm winning 6-3 6-3 in 2010.

And the 43-year-old prevailed again in straight sets, this time beating the seventh seed 6-4 6-4.

The match had started so well for Robson as she raced into a 3-0 lead, only for Date-Krumm to break back and level at 3-3.

Robson clung on to hold serve in the seventh game, however she had no such luck in the ninth as Date-Krumm broke and then clinched the first set.

The duo exchanged breaks in the second set, but with Date-Krumm able to attack Robson's stuttering second serve the Japanese was able to claim a decisive advantage in the ninth game once again.

Robson desperately fought to save the match, however Date-Krumm held her nerve to claim the win.


Vania King caused an upset as she rallied from a slow start to oust No 4 seed Flavia Pennetta in three sets.

Despite losing the first set, the America regrouped to finishing strongly, securing a 3-6 7-5 6-0 victory.

Second seed Sabine Lisicki and No 6-ranked Madison Keys came through their opening round encounters unscathed.

Lisicki was made to work hard for her 7-5 7-6 (7-1) win over Chanelle Scheepers, while Keys registered a routine 6-3 6-2 victory against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova.

Chinese duo Zheng Jie and Zhang Shuai both recorded straight-sets wins, respectively beating Sharon Fichman 6-2 6-1 and Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-0 6-3.

Belinda Bencic saw off Lauren Davis 6-3 7-5, Luksika Kumkhum beat Ayumi Morita 6-2 6-1 and Polona Hercog edged out Petra Cetkovska 6-4 5-7 6-1.

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