FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Great Britain’s Laura Robson upset another major champion in her current run at the US Open. The 18-year-old who dismissed Kim Clijsters on Wednesday continued to knock off major champions on Friday with a 6-4, 6-7(5), 6-2 victory over 9th seed and 2011 French Open champion Li Na.
“I have just worked hard over the last few weeks and I feel like I’m playing very good,” Robson said.
“I have had lots of tough matches against some experienced opponents, so, you know, the way I see it, it was the time to start winning a few of them.”
The win moves the 89th ranked Robson into the fourth round where she’ll face US Open defending champion Samantha Stosur for a place in the quarterfinals. She is now the first British woman to reach the round of 16 since 1998.
Samantha Stosur’s match was a tale of two sets – one tight and the other easy in her 7-6, 6-2 win over 31st seed American Varvara Lepchenko. The seventh seed from Australia has never played Robson and discussed her upcoming match.
“She’s obviously full of confidence and had two very, very good wins,” Stosur told media. “I definitely can’t go into that match lightly. I have to go out there and be really on my game and ready to play.”