Venus Williams lost in the first round of the Italian Open to Laura Robson. Now sister Serena will get a chance to even the score.
Robson, a quickly improving 19-year-old British player, beat Venus Williams 6-3, 6-2 on Monday to set up a second-round match with top-ranked Serena.
The 19-year-old Robson won the Wimbledon junior title at 14. At last week's Madrid Open, she upset fourth-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska before losing in the third round to 16th-seeded Ana Ivanovic in a third-set tiebreaker.
''I just like it on big courts against these huge players because I just go out there with nothing to lose,'' the 39th-ranked Robson said. ''I can remember seeing (Venus) play at Wimbledon when I was about 10 and I was kind of blown away with the speed that she hit the ball.
''Today when she hit it in the center of the racket it was basically point over, so I just had to take my chances.''
Both players struggled with the wind at the Foro Italico, with Robson hitting eight double-faults...