Australian Open 2013 LIVE: Follow all the action as Laura Robson kicks off her campaign against Melanie Oudin
03:53 GMT, 15 January 2013
04:06 GMT, 15 January 2013
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Tonight Laura Robson takes on Melanie Oudin as she seeks a second round spot in Melbourne. If she can beat the American it will be the first time that Robson has made it past the first round at this tournament, and she could face either Francesca Schiavone or Petra Kvitova in the next round.
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has made it past the first round of a Grand Slam before. The
18-year-old went all the way to the fourth at last year’s US Open,
overcoming Kim Clijsters and Li Na on the way.
She was eventually knocked out by Sam Stosur 6-4, 6-4.
On the way up: The British No 2 made broke into the top 50 earlier this month
Watson fought through illness to overcome Romania’s Alexandra Cadantu
in her first round match yesterday, and now British No 2 Robson will be
doing her best to join her.
These two actually met during the qualifying rounds of last year's Australian Open. Robson took the victory in straight sets but since then the American has climbed from 166 in the world to 84th.
Robson has also risen in the rankings over the last year, breaking into the top 50 for the first time only this month.