Robson crashes out in Japan
Laura Robson followed defending champion Heather Watson out of the Japan Open in the first round after a disappointing loss to 43-year-old Kimiko Date-Krumm.
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Robson, 19, took a wild card into the tournament in Osaka but it did not pay off as she went down 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 26 minutes to the wily Japanese player.
It is the second time Robson has lost to Date-Krumm in Osaka after also being beaten on her debut in 2010, but the British teenager had won their last meeting in Beijing in 2012.
Robson has had a good year in the grand slams, reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon and the third round at the Australian Open and US Open, but she has won only 11 matches on the WTA Tour all season.
Her only quarter-final came in Guangzhou last month, where she reached the final last year, and, although she reached a career-high ranking of 27 post Wimbledon, she has slipped back to 42.
Meanwhile, Wimbledon runner-up Sabine Lisicki survived two tight sets to defeat Chanelle Scheepers.
Lisicki, the second seed, won 7-5 7-6 (7/1) and next meets Polona Hercog, a three-set winner over Petra Cetkovska.
Fourth seed Flavia Pennetta, who reached the semi-finals at the US Open, was the biggest casualty of round one, going down 3-5 7-5 6-0 to Vania King.
Sixth seed Maidson Keys and ninth seed Kristina Mladenovic are through though.
There was another impressive win for Swiss teenager Belinda Bencic, who beat Lauren Davis 6-3 7-5.
The 16-year-old, who won the junior titles at the French Open and Wimbledon this year, is coached by Martina Hingis' mother Melanie Molitor.
There were also victories for Chinese pair Zheng Jie and Zhang Shuai and qualifiers Luksika Kumkhum and Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.