US Open: Laura Robson admits sadness as Kim Clijsters retires
Venue: Flushing Meadows
Dates: 27 August - 9 September
Coverage: Listen on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra and online; live text commentary on the day's best match
Laura Robson feels "sad" to have been responsible for beating Kim Clijsters in her final singles appearance.
"So sad to see Kim go. Thanks for inspiring us. You always took the time to encourage us even when you beat us :) good luck for the future"
Fifth seed Petra Kvitova
"I'm sad to see @Clijsterskim leaving the sport which she had done so much for!!! Kim, you are a great champion and will be missed on tour!!!"
World number 16 Vera Zvonareva
"It's so sad to see Kim leaving the tour... she is just an amazing person, great role model. We will all miss her!"
World number 21 Julia Goerges
"Well played Robson to take out great champion Clijsters in magnificent fashion! Brought all her talent to court - great future"
Former British number one Annabel Croft
"Robson showed me she has big-time shots and top-10 potential for sure. Clijsters is a class act all the way"
Coach and commentator Brad Gilbert
"Big props to Robson for the way she handled herself after that win. Class & respect shown for a great champion in Clijsters"
Coach and commentator Darren Cahill
"Sensational win for @laurarobson5 what fine tennis she played under pressure. Well done and thank you to Clijsters for a wonderful career. One of the great champions. Smiling at the net at the end. Typical."
BBC tennis correspondent Jonathan Overend
"I've had some tough matches against some top players where it's been a tough first set and I just haven't been able to keep up the level throughout a whole match.
"It's something that I've been working on, it's something that's getting better with more experience so it's great to be able to pull through."
Clijsters described the British teenager as one to watch in the future.
"I knew before I stepped out on court that I would have to play well. I've practised with her in Wimbledon. I said to my team she hits the ball so clean," said the 29-year-old.
"Physically if she gets better, even more explosive, then I think she's going to be a great player, and someone that I'll be keeping an eye on."
Billie Jean King, winner of 12 Grand Slam singles titles, said beating Clijsters would boost Robson's confidence.
Interview - British tennis number one Andy Murray
"Laura is a promising player and having a win over Kim Clijsters is going to help her self-confidence and I think that's what she needs the most," the American told BBC Radio 5 live.
"Laura really needs to believe in herself and her own abilities and beating Clijsters is going to help her go one step further in her career."
Murray, seeded third in the men's draw, said his mixed doubles partner had played "some unbelievable tennis" on the main showcourt.
"She handled the situation well in a match that was big, everyone knew this could be Kim's last match," said Murray, who later reached the third round with a comfortable
straight sets victory over Croatia's Ivan Dodig.
"Laura's going to be very good but she needs time."
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