LONDON — Laura Robson became the first British woman to defeat a top-10 player at Wimbledon in 15 years when she upset 10th-seeded Maria Kirilenko 6-3, 6-4 Tuesday in the first round of the grass-court tournament.
The 19-year-old Robson followed in the footsteps of Sam Smith, who upset No. 7 Conchita Martinez in 1998.
After wrapping up the match with a forehand winner, Robson said “it was nerve-wracking before I served for it. I just wanted to focus and take it point by point. Any big win gives you a lot of confidence.”