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Italian holiday put on hold as Robson enjoys Big Apple bid

By Eleanor Crooks

Laura Robson has revealed that she was on holiday when she received her last-minute wildcard entry to the US Open.

Robson was convinced she would not be given a chance to play at Flushing Meadows and had flown to Italy with friends, but she had barely had time to unpack when she received a phone call and was back at the airport ready to fly to New York for the year's final Grand Slam.

"I played my Challenger Tour final in Landisville last Sunday and no one thought there was any chance of me getting a wildcard," Robson said.

"I was on the phone to (agent)Max (Eisenbud), and he was like, 'I'm not getting any good vibes from the USTA', so he was just going, 'Yeah, go home'.

"The next morning, on the Monday, I was like, 'I am supposed to get on this flight, should I go?' Everyone just goes, 'Yeah, yeah, only a 10 per cent chance'.

"It was one of those things where I sort of knew in the back of my mind it was going to happen because as soon as you plan for it not to...

"I landed in Italy at like 9am then went up Vesuvius and did a bit of Pompeii and went straight back to the airport, so I had a great time.

"I dropped my friends off at the villa, which was amazing, and then turned around and came back."

Robson's friends have been sending her holiday snaps of what she is missing but the world No. 247 will not mind.

Robson will play fellow Briton Naomi Broady in the first round after beating Tatjana Maria 7-6 (7-5) 6-1 in the final round of qualifying.

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