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Laura Robson spoiled an all-sister show in the Italian Open on Monday.
That happened after she whipped Venus Williams 6-3,6-2 to prevent a second-round clash between Venus and sister Serena.
Newly-crowned Madrid Open champion Serena watched from the Foro Italico stands as Robson outplayed Venus despite the windy condition.
The 19-year-old Robson, who won the Wimbledon junior title at 14, is ranked No. 39 – 15 spots below Venus. Next up for Robson is Serena, the No. 1 player.
”She’s really young, still,” said Serena, whose only title at this clay-court tournament came in 2002. ”She’s just so free and she looks great on the court and she’s so smooth and she’s a lefty, so that just adds a notch to her whole level. I’ve never played her before. I’ve always wanted to. So I have a tough second-round match.”
The top eight seeds have first-round byes. This tournament is the last major warmup for the French Open, which fires off May 26.
In other matches, ninth-seeded Samantha Stosur cruised past Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan 6-2, 6-3; Sabine Lisicki of Germany eliminated American qualifier Mallory Burdette 6-1, 6-2; and Italian wild card Nastassja Burnett defeated 2008 finalist Alize Cornet of France 6-2, 6-2.