Wimbledon 2013: Laura Robson v Kaia Kanepi followed by Andy Murray v Mikhail Youzhny - LIVE! - Live coverage - The Independent

Wimbledon 2013: Laura Robson v Kaia Kanepi followed by Andy Murray v Mikhail Youzhny - LIVE!

By Jack de Menezes
by Jack de Menezes on Jul 1, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of Magic Monday at Wimbledon as the last-32 get's underway with Laura Robson first on Court One as she takes on Kaia Kanepi, which will be followed by Andy Murray's match on Centre Court against Mikhail Youzhny as the pair attempt to reach the quarter-finals.

  • Welcome to The Independent's live coverage of today's action at Wimbledon, as we start with Laura Robson as she takes on Kaia Kanepi, before Andy Murray is in action against Mikhail Youzhny.
    7/1/2013 9:03:16 AM
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  • Hello and welcome to today’s live coverage of these two fourth round matches at Wimbledon. I’m Jack de Menezes and I’ll be taking you through game-by-game updates of both Laura Robson and Andy Murray’s matches as they look to reach the quarter-finals.
    7/1/2013 11:19:41 AM
  • We'll be starting off with Robson as she takes to Court One at 1pm, and following the conclusion of her match with Kanepi, we'll head straight to Centre Court to continue our live coverage with Murray's match against Youzhny, so you won't miss a thing.

    7/1/2013 11:22:07 AM
  • So let's start with Robson. She has surpassed any expectations of her this year already, having defeated 10th seed Maria Kirilenko 6-3 6-4, and following it up with a 6-4 6-1 victory over Mariana Duque-Marino in the second round. She looked to be heading out when she faced Marina Erakovic. But having been a set and a break down, she rallied to win successive sets and claim a 1-6 7-5 6-3 victory to set-up the clash with Kanepi.
    7/1/2013 11:22:54 AM
  • Robson relaxing on the practice court as she shows off her racket skills to the watching crowd.

    7/1/2013 11:23:32 AM
  • Where will you be at 1pm today? Have you thrown a sickie to guarantee your place in front of the telly, or maybe you are a genuine victim of the mania sweeping this land and feel compelled to plug into every second of this delicious phenomenon called Laura Robson?
    To read more of Kevin Garside's assessment of where British Tennis is at, CLICK HERE
    7/1/2013 11:28:16 AM
  • Laura Robson has been learning to cope with fame ever since she won the girls' title here five years ago, but the 19-year-old Briton's celebrity status will reach a new peak if she beats Kaia Kanepi here on Court One this afternoon.
    To read more of Paul Newman's match preview as he speaks to Robson, CLICK HERE
    7/1/2013 11:32:00 AM
  • So how do you feel Robson will get on today? You can let us know by either clicking the 'Make a comment' button, or you can vote in our poll. Or you could do both, of course.
    7/1/2013 11:39:02 AM
  • You want to know something about Laura Robson? This is a young lady who has the potential to win a Slam.

    There is plenty that can still go wrong – she is a 19-year-old and we have seen plenty of youngsters fail to live up to their promise – but man alive, she has it there for the taking. I see no reason why she should not down the line be up among the best on the WTA tour and once she is in that company a Slam is on the table.
    Up-to-date on Wimbledon? Fear not if you aren't, as legendary Tennis coach Nick Bollettieri bring you a round-up of his week at Wimbledon HERE
    7/1/2013 11:43:07 AM
  • Well well well. 67% of you think Robson will be packing her bags and heading out of the singles. What happened to that feel-good factor eh?
    7/1/2013 11:51:01 AM
  • You're all behind Murray though, with not one of you believing he'll be eliminated later today. Keep the votes coming, we have about 10 minutes until the start of play.
    7/1/2013 11:52:02 AM
  • Over on Court Two, David Ferrer has just lost the opening set to the unseeded Ivan Dodig. Another upset on the cards? we'll keep you updated should any news come in the next few hours.
    7/1/2013 11:54:20 AM
  • Looks like we should also get a full day of action in, with little threat of rain in the next 12 hours. Can't say the same for tomorrow and Wednesday though, so make the most of it while you can!
    7/1/2013 11:56:16 AM

  • We're currently awaiting the arrival of the players to the court, so we'll be a little delayed with the start time. Not to worry, if gives you more time to get through all our Tennis coverage throughout the tournament! Take a look HERE to read the latest reports from our court-side correspondents.
    7/1/2013 12:01:41 PM
  • The biggest roar of the day so far goes up as Robson walks out onto Court One along with Kaia Kanepi. She's certainly caught the imagination of the British public with her displays. Can she go one further and reach the quarter-finals? We're just a few minutes away from the start.
    7/1/2013 12:03:33 PM
  • Kanepi wins the toss and has chosen to serve first. It's worth noting that in her last two outings, Robson has been broken in her first service game, but went on to win the match. Superstition, perhaps.
    7/1/2013 12:05:21 PM
  • Some of you do reckon that Robson could win today...



    While some of you still aren't too hopeful.
    ..

    7/1/2013 12:09:13 PM
  • Right then, here we go. The biggest match in Robson's very short career is ready to get underway. Will she triumph yet again? We're about to find out. Kanepi to serve first...
    7/1/2013 12:10:17 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 0-1

    Kanepi reels off a couple of powerful serves early on that has Robson beat, but she does well to fight back to 30-30. A double fault from Kanepi bring deuce, but again her serve bails her out. Robson hits long and Kanepi holds serve, but Robson pushed her a little there.

    7/1/2013 12:13:56 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 1-1

    Robson rattles through her first game producing her own powerful serves. That will lift a lot of the nerves she undoubtedly will have had walking out on court. She takes the game to-love.

    7/1/2013 12:17:15 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 1-2
    Kanepi is having a few issues with her first serve, and Robson is using it to attack every one of her second serves. She again forces deuce with a fantastic return, and holds her first break-point when Kanepi hits into the net, but she can't take it. Robson comes into the net but her opponent reads it well and plays a two-handed backhand past her to move to advantage. Robson returns wide and Kanepi holds again.
    7/1/2013 12:21:03 PM
  • Just before we got underway, I had a little look at the poll. Seems I may have triggered a bit of support, bringing the support for a Robson and Murray double up to 48%, with the other 52% still backing Kanepi.
    7/1/2013 12:22:26 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 2-2
    Robson loses the first point after a long rally when she hits it into the net, but she responds with her first ace of the game. Her next two serves are unreturned from Kanepi, and she fires the next one long to give Robson the game to 15.
    7/1/2013 12:24:45 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 2-3
    Kanepi is definitely having some issues here. Another double fault and a few iffy second serves gives Robson a chance at 30-30. She makes an error though, and then a challenge on Kanepi's serve proves in vain as she holds serve again.
    7/1/2013 12:28:40 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 3-3
    Robson starts off with a lovely smash down the left to beat Kanepi, who hits the next point just out. Robson is trying to keep the pace on the ball and mount some pressure on the opponent, and she pulls off a beautiful forehand swing to take her second love-game.
    7/1/2013 12:31:30 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 3-4
    Kanepi responds, taking her own love-game after Robson hits a few nervy shots. Both players have settled now though, and we look to have a tight game here.
    7/1/2013 12:33:48 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 4-4
    The Estonian takes the first point with a perfectly timed shot, but Robson fights back with her characteristically powerful shots to reach 40-30. Kanepi then mis-reads the serve and hits a high return that falls a metre long to give Robson the game.
    7/1/2013 12:37:08 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 5-4
    Problems around the serve are continuing here for Kanepi, and Robson is taking the game to her on the second serve. The Greek umpire overrules a call, and she's spot on despite Kanepi's challenge, and she hit s another wide to give Robson 3 break-points. She wastes the first with a long forehand, but takes the second with a fierce shot that Kanepi can't deal with. Crucial game for the Brit and the crowd explode is applause and she will now serve for the first set.
    7/1/2013 12:40:43 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 5-5
    Robson produces her first double fault just at the wrong time, but by keeping the pace in the game she forces another error out of Kanepi to level. She hits her next shot long though and Kanepi earns her first break-point when she hits across Robson and out of her reach. A low shot from Robson travels long and Kanepi saves the set by breaking straight back.
    7/1/2013 12:44:25 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 5-6
    Kanepi now getting into things and is dictating the speed and movement here. We get a big outburst from Robson in frustration, and she takes her anger out in a huge winner that gets the crowd back into the game. The Estonian responds with an ace, and despite letting Robson come back to 40-30, she smashes a volley away from Robson for the game. Robson now to serve to stay in the set. My how the tables turn so quickly.
    7/1/2013 12:47:21 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 6-6
    It's not going well, and Kanepi has her tail up as she takes the first point with another error from Robson. She responds with a drilled volley into the ground to level, and moves to 301-15 after coming to the net. Kanepi returns long and wide on the next point, but Robson is slow to the next return and Kanepi edges back into the game. It doesn't matter though as Robson takes the game to force a tie-break.
    7/1/2013 12:51:48 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi: 0-1
    Robson comes flying out of the blocks with the power strokes returning, and an ace takes her to 3-0. Kanepi responds, and pulls back before Robson smashes to lead 4-2. Another brilliant winner just gets over the net and Robson extends her lead, but Kanepi fights back again on her serve, to the disappointment of the crowd as she gets back to 5-4. Robson has two serves for the set though, but again she double-faults at a crucial time. Kanepi breaks again to earn her first set-point with a fantastic shot down the right, But Robson fights back this time, and her return is too good for Kanepi as they switch sides at 6-6. The Estonian is close to double-faulting, but she gets the point going and Robson's shot is wide for a second set-point. Robson goes for it...but it's wide and Kanepi takes the first set!
    7/1/2013 1:00:00 PM
  • So Robson will have to fight back from a set down yet again. But she's not the only one. Number one seed Serena Williams has just lost the first set 6-2 to Sabine Lisicki, and the winner's of the two games will face each other in the quarter-finals.
    7/1/2013 1:02:34 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 0-1; 1-0
    The loss of the first set has definitely got to Robson, who looks a little shaky. She fights back though, and gets back into the flow of things to get to deuce. She takes the game to hold serve after Kanepi hits wide. Important game for Robson if she is to fight back.
    7/1/2013 1:06:15 PM
  • Robson struggled late-on as she lost the first set on a tie-break.

    7/1/2013 1:07:57 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 0-1; 1-1
    Robson again takes the fight to Kanepi, but an unforced error sees Kanepi hold serve. Tense stuff at the moment, and you can feel it with the crowd slightly subdued compared to the first set.
    7/1/2013 1:09:48 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 0-1; 2-1
    The two take each other on as Robson comes to the net, and twice smashes the ball directly at Kanepi. Robson then sees her serve unreturned before finishing the game off with an ace.
    7/1/2013 1:11:24 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 0-1; 2-2
    Oh dear. Confusion lead to a challenge, and even though Kanepi looked to hit the ball wide, the umpire overruled Robson's previous shot, which is in. No one's entirely sure what to do, and the umpire has to embarrassingly order a replay of point.  Robson is getting frustrated again, and she hits wide left as Kanepi draws level.
    7/1/2013 1:17:29 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 0-1; 3-2
    That was a loud one. One of the line-judges makes herself known with a call of "OUT!" that brings out a few laughs. Meanwhile on court, Robson is having to work for it, but she holds strong and leads the set again.
    7/1/2013 1:20:09 PM
  • David Ferrer has fought back to lead 2 sets to 1 against Ivan Dogid, while Serena Williams is about to take the second set to level. What panic, eh?
    7/1/2013 1:21:16 PM
  • Robson v Kanepi*: 0-1; 3-3
    Kanepi's not hanging around, and she quickly rattles off a love-game in what felt like under a minute. Robson shreaks in disgust but the pressure is definitely on here.
    7/1/2013 1:22:38 PM
  • *Robson v Kanepi: 0-1; 4-3
    The crowd are doing their best to get behind Robson and it's her serve that responds to get her to 30-15. She hits into the net though before she hits long with Kanepi beat to give her another break-point, but another ace brings up deuce. Kanepi sends Robson wide and she can't make it to reach another break-point, but it's ANOTHER ace, and she finally gets Kanepi running to move to advantage. Kanepi hits a wild shot long and Robson holds. A really important hold for Robson you feel.
    7/1/2013 1:27:00 PM
  • Mixed emotions being expressed during the game...


    7/1/2013 1:28:09 PM
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