• Wimbledon Day Six

Robson fights back from brink of defeat

ESPN staff
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Laura Robson dug deep to stay at the Championships © PA Photos
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Laura Robson produced a fine comeback from the brink of defeat to delight the home crowd on Court No. 2 and advance to the last-16 of Wimbledon.

The British No. 1 failed to turn up in the opening set and lost it 6-1 to Marina Erakovic in the space of 22 minutes.

However, the 19-year-old fought back when Erakovic served for the win to claim the second set 7-5, and went on to seal victory by taking the third and decisive set 6-3 to continue her best run at SW19 - winning eight games in a row during the second and final sets.

Robson looked a shadow of herself given the way she began her third round encounter, and endured a nightmare start as the Brit was broken in her first service game - with Erakovic hitting a clean winner off Robson's serve - and quickly fell 3-0 behind.

A couple of big groundstrokes enabled Robson to collect her first game of the match, but her timing was poor, and a few more unforced errors handed another break to Erakovic, before the Croatian-born New Zealander clinched the first set in 22 minutes.

Robson notched up eight unforced errors in the opening set, but the British No. 1 looked a completely different player for the second.

This time serving first, Robson showed all the signs of making a comeback in the second set. However, after the first four games were shared, Erakovic secured the break in the fifth when Robson was in control.

Robson had her opportunity to reclaim the break, but those two points disappeared very quickly as Erakovic saved them to move 4-2 in front.

Trailing 5-3, Robson applied pressure on Erakovic and forced her opponent to serve for the match. Erakovic though faltered, and with a stunning forehand winner Robson levelled the encounter at 5-5.

Petra Kvitova survived a scare to progress © PA Photos
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And all the momentum was with the Brit as two double faults from Erakovic made it four games on the spin for Robson to take the set - much to the joy of the crowd.

The run continued for Robson in the deciding set as she broke early on, and brilliantly saved three break points against her in the third game to make it 3-0.

A third double fault from Erakovic gave Robson an eighth consecutive game, but the streak of the latter was ended when she dumped her shot into the net in the fifth.

With the gap closed to two at 4-2, Robson edged her opponent out in the seventh game to go within one of victory.

One match point came and went for Robson on the serve of Erakovic, but on her second match point Robson closed out the win with a superb forehand up the line.

Robson will now face Kaia Kanepi for a place in the quarter-finals, after the Estonian dominated American Alison Riske 6-2 6-3 later in the day.

Former champion Petra Kvitova avoided an upset and returned on Saturday to complete a 6-3 2-6 6-3 victory over Ekaterina Makarova, while another youngster Sloane Stephens beat Petra Cetkovska 7-6(3) 0-6 6-4.

Last year's finalist Agnieszka Radwanska was given a stern examination by the conqueror of Heather Watson Madison Keys, but the Polish fourth seed emerged unscathed in a 7-5 4-6 6-3 win on Court No. 3.

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