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Robson waltzes on in Charleston

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Laura Robson's serve did not prevent her winning on Tuesday © Getty Images
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Laura Robson danced into the second round of the Family Circle Cup with a comfortable opening victory over Estrella Cabeza Candela on Tuesday.

Robson, beginning her campaign in Charleston, was never really threatened by the Spaniard - eventually needing just 74 minutes to complete a 6-2 6-2 success.

The scoreline - particularly in the first set - was perhaps more flattering for the 16th seed than the overall play suggested, with Robson once again showing some frailty on her serve. Five double faults in the opening set helped Cabeza Candela to create seven break point opportunities in the early exchanges - but her opponent saved every one, creating the platform to ease into the ascendancy.

The second set finally saw the Spaniard get the break her play perhaps deserved but Robson also showed a greater killer instinct, converting three of the four break points she had to clinch victory with few difficulties.

Robson will now face Canadian qualifier Eugenie Bouchard in the second round.

As the Brit completed here triumph out on Althea Gibson Court, top seed Serena Williams was being kept only marginally more busy as she moved into the third round on Billie Jean King Court.

Williams, having been granted a first round bye, breezed through the opening set against Camila Giorgi, but the Italian showed greater resolve in the second stanza - frustrating her American opponent before ultimately falling to a 6-2 6-3 defeat.

Williams will now face Sabine Lisicki in the third round, after the German beat Anna Tatishvili without even losing a game.

Elsewhere, there were victories for Stefanie Voegele, Jelena Jankovic, Julia Goerges and Vania King.

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