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Robson delighted with progress

Laura Robson gave herself another crack at a former grand slam winner after easing past Melanie Oudin at the Australian Open on Tuesday.

Robson beat Oudin in straight sets to reach the second round in Melbourne for the first time but fellow Brit Jamie Baker could not build on his run through qualifying as he fell to Lukas Rosol.

Robson created waves at the US Open last year with wins over Kim Clijsters - making it the final match in the Belgian's storied career - and Li Na.

And she will now have the opportunity to face eighth-seeded former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova following a 6-2 6-3 triumph over Oudin.

The British number two, ranked 53rd in the world, appeared in total control from the outset but she revealed afterwards an element of displeasure with her game which forced her to go to the practice court immediately afterwards to work on ironing out the flaws.

She said: "I'm pleased with the win. I was a bit nervous as when there's a big crowd like that you always want to push yourself to do better and that translates itself into a few nerves.

"I thought I served well but I was a little bit iffier than I would have liked on the groundstrokes.

"I played pretty well, just not as well as I would have liked so hopefully in the next match it will be a little better."

It may have to be much better when she faces Kvitova, another left-hander, who won the battle of former grand slam champions with veteran Italian Francesca Schiavone.

"I will go in with nothing to lose. I seem to do well when I do that," added Robson.

"It's going to be tough, two lefties playing each other. I haven't played a lefty in a while so I will just do the best I can."

Baker was left to rue a series of missed chances as he went down 7-6 (7/5) 7-5 6-2 to Rosol, who found fame last year after beating Rafael Nadal at Wimbledon.

The Glaswegian served for the first two sets but could not get the job done as Rosol's all-or-nothing game clicked at the vital times.

It amounted to a frustrating afternoon for the world number 246.

"I had my chances, served for both sets," he said. "That was the whole gameplan. The way he plays you just try to stick with him, don't let him get a lead and get confident.

"I executed it perfectly until those two games when I didn't take my chances.

"I was playing the right way but it's difficult to analyse that particular match in that he doesn't play like anyone else on tour.

"He's like a freak show. He doesn't put the ball in court the whole set but he continues doing the same thing. Any sane person would change tactics but he doesn't and then sure enough it happens at some point. It's very difficult to get any control."

Baker attempted to take the positives out of a fine week Down Under and the consolation of a 18,100 prize - he revealed his struggle to make a living from the game had also been eased by being handed down a car from his gran - but his mood remained one of regret.

"It's a good achievement winning three matches in a row (in qualifying) but because of the way the match went today I feel very disappointed about not still being on court," he said.

"I could see during the third set that he knew he had got out of jail."