French Open – Robson dumped out by Wozniacki in Paris
Tenth seed Caroline Wozniacki ended Laura Robson’s French Open challenge with a swift 6-3 6-2 victory in round one.
Former world number one Wozniacki, who came into the tournament on the back of a poor run on clay this season, looked like a possible scalp for the improving 19-year-old, but the Dane took full advantage of an error-strewn performance from the Brit.
Wozniacki was the more consistent in the first set, and raced into an unassailable 4-1 lead in the second, allowing herself the luxury of giving away one of her breaks of serve before seeing out the match in just 71 minutes.
“I think Caroline played really well and I thought she played smart,” Robson said. “She definitely knew what she wanted to do on the court, and generally I just wasn’t able to get into the match.
“My shots just weren’t firing as well as they usually are, so it’s disappointing.”
World number 35 Robson made 39 unforced errors against a player who had lost her previous five matches, compounded by conceding two early breaks of serve with double faults.
Meanwhile, Robson – who was playing her typically hard-hitting but risky game – failed to take two of her own three break points, and she ultimately paid for her inconsistency against the less powerful but more solid Dane by losing the first set 6-3.
The second set was a more straightforward affair, as Wozniacki played some fine tennis, breaking early on with a superb lob followed by a backhand volley.
Robson was broken again after a poor backhand wide and, while she did break one game back, Wozniacki saw it out with a third break and a comfortable hold to send the Briton back to London.
The Dane, who burst on to the scene a few years ago but was unable to get past the real big hitters in the major events, had some words of encouragement for her younger rival.
“She’s only 19,” said Wozniacki. “She’s so young. I know I’m only 22, but still it’s still three years older. I think it means a lot.
“Playing on the big courts before and playing a lot of tough matches here has definitely helped today.
“I think you see older and older players now doing very well. Back in the day, like 15 years ago you would see 15-year-old girls basically, or women – I don’t know what to call them – winning Grand slams.
“Now it’s just not happening anymore. It’s mid 20s, it’s late 20s, early 30s now. You see a broad variety of players.
“I think when you’re older you get to know your game, you get to know yourself as a person.”
Wozniacki moves on to face Bojana Jovanovski of Serbia after she beat Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of Czech Republic 6-3 6-2.