Calm down Virginia ... there's a long Wade to go; WIMBLEDON2013 GIANTKILLING LAURA GETS FORMER CHAMPION ALL EXCITED.
PLAYER SETS ROBSON 6 6 KIRILENKO 3 4 LAURA ROBSON urged Virginia Wade not to get carried away after restoring some much-needed national pride with a stunning victory over 10th seed Maria Kirilenko yesterday.
The teenager's emphatic 6-3 6-4 success on Court One helped lift the gloom that has descended on the British tennis scene over the past 48 hours.
And the result also prompted former women's champion Wade to predict Robson could be a major contender here at SW19 over the next fortnight.
EXCITED However, the 19-year-old, the only other British survivor apart from Andy Murray, claimed she can't even afford to look beyond her second round clash with Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino.
She said: "Virginia always gets quite excited, doesn't she? "I'd just love to win a couple more matches although I don't want to get ahead of myself.
"I think the next one is going to be really difficult so I'm just focusing on that.
"I'm just going to take it match by match and try to stay focused.
"This was a really big result for me because I have only made the second round once before at Wimbledon."
Robson had arguably the toughest draw of all the Brits but came through with flying colours against Russian star Kirilenko who reached the quarter-finals here 12 months ago.
Defeat for the youngster would have led to the joint worst performance by homegrown players in the tournament's 127-year history. But her convincing win ensured Murray would not by Britain's sole flagbearer in the second round.
Robson's first-class performance was, with the exception of the Scot, in complete contrast to her fellow countrymen and women.
Elena Baltacha, Samantha Murray, Anne Keothavong, Heather Watson, Johanna Konta, Tara Moore, Kyle Edmund and James Ward all bit the dust in the first round.
Of the eight, seven of whom were granted wildcards, only Ward and Moore managed to win a set.
Yet the rewards for failure at SW19 are considerable.
The eight Brits who exited still managed to take PS188,000 from the Wimbledon coffers with each of them receiving a staggering PS23,500 as first-round losers.
Robson added: "It was really unfortunate nobody else made the second round.
"Obviously Wimbledon is such a massive tournament so it is disappointing if you don't do well here.
"It is extra disappointing for the British players to come here and lose in the first round.
"I'm just glad I managed to tough it out after I had a couple of bad games in the second set."
Having downed former Grand Slam champions Kim Clijsters and Li Na at the US Open last summer, Robson is fast developing a reputation as a giantkiller.
But she admitted how difficult it was to conquer her own nerves and those of the crowd on Court One during her win over Kirilenko.
As she repeatedly struggled with her ball toss there were extremely loud gasps from those watching in the stands almost every time she went to serve.
She said: "Unfortunately my ball toss is nothing new.
"It's something that has been happening for a long time and something I'm working on.
"The nerves start to creep in and I lost my timing a tad.
"The general disappointment is when you hit a double fault. You don't really need 9000 people telling you about it.
"But I thought the crowd was good out there today and they did get behind me.
"Any win against a top-10 player is good and this is right up there with my best wins.
"I went into the match very confident and while I didn't expect to win I believed I could win.
ENERGY "I think I can go out against the top players with nothing to lose."
Earlier in the afternoon Robson's British team-mate Heather Watson went down 6-3 7-5 to American teenager Madison Keys.
The 21-year-old from Guernsey was on the comeback trail after missing most of the season glandular fever. n with Unfortunately, Watson didn't have the energy to overcome one of the game's rising stars and admitted the illness had sapped both her strength and confidence.
She said: "I wasn't quick enough and my reactions were not there. I have to improve on getting the fitness and more time on court.
"I'm only at 75-80 per cent just now. My legs feel strong but it's the recovery between points and my lungs that are the problem. Losing really hurts.
"I wasn't 100 per cent when I came back and I've said that before but I wanted to play matches.
"The doctors said I could have it in my system for years to come and you wouldn't be able to tell with blood tests.
ld 't b bl t t ll ith "I didn't feel fully confident in my game and I don't feel quick and the same as I used to be.
"I definitely want to get running again, get in the gym and get back to how I was playing before I got ill."
Despite the miserable run of results for the Brits at the All England Club this year, Watson is still convinced there are grounds for optimism - particularly among the women.
She added: "I'd say it's not too bad. We've got two players in the top 100 at the moment and we've got Johanna Konta and Tara Moore coming up through the rankings.
"We also have a top-10 junior player in Katy Dunn.
"I feel like there's certainly a lot of depth in the women's tennis scene in Britain just now.
"I feel like it is coming up slowly but it's getting there."
Moore became the eighth British casualty of the opening two days yesterday despite bravely saving three match points before finally succumbing 7-5 5-7 7-5 to Estonia's Kaia Kanepi.
KEEPING A LID ON Z THINGS Robson sees off Kirilenko, left, after, from left below, Watson, Moore and Baltacha went out but the Brit has told Wade, below, to calm down