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Service woes see Robson fall to Cornet

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Laura Robson was let down by her serve at the Sony Open © Getty Images
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Laura Robson's run at the Sony Open was halted by Alize Cornet who came from a set down to claim a 5-7 7-5 6-1 success.

Robson has been somewhat inconsistent this season and she once again mixed quality with mediocrity at Crandon Park. The British No. 2's battling skills were in evidence for the first two sets as she and Cornet traded blows.

But it was Cornet who showed the greater resolution, while the No. 32 seed was also helped by Robson's breakdown on serve. In a match that spanned two hours and 32 minutes, Robson sent down a woeful 17 double faults and it was too big an advantage to concede.

The event has been robbed of Victoria Azarenka who continues to struggle with an ankle injury that forced her to withdraw.

"I wanted to give my 100% possibility to play, and today was my last test," Azarenka said. "The last two days I tried to practice on it and it didn't get better. I thought I was sure before but wanted to be 100% sure I couldn't participate, because I was really looking forward to playing in this tournament."

Lauren Davis was the beneficiary of Azarenka's withdrawal and she took full advantage by battling to a 6-1 5-7 7-6(7) over Madison Keys.

"I got a call at 10 o'clock saying I got in," Davis said. "I was just so happy. I didn't care if I won or lost, I was just so grateful for the opportunity to play in the tournament. I had never signed up to be a lucky loser. It's my first time."

There were no real upsets in the second round, with the likes of Maria Sharapova, Angelique Kerber, Ana Ivanovic and Sara Errani all progressing. The only seed to fall was the 18th Ekaterina Makarova who was beaten 6-4 6-4 by seed Svetlana Kuznetsova.

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