Result: Laura Robson suffers first-round exit in Poland

Britain's Laura Robson hits a backhand return in the first round of the  Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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Laura Robson is beaten by lower-ranked opposition for the the second time in a week at the BNP Paribas Katowice Open in Poland.

Laura Robson has been knocked out of the BNP Paribas Katowice Open at the opening stage after losing in three sets to Lourdes Dominguez Lino.

The Briton rose to a career-high ranking of 39 this week but suffered a first-round loss to the world number 59, who was playing on her favourite clay surface.

Robson edged a hard-fought first set 7-5 and an equally close second set went to a tiebreak, which the Spaniard took 9-7.

Dominguez Lino's experience told in the decider as she got the better of several long rallies, while Robson's serve folded on the way to losing the set 6-1.

It is the second time within the space of six days that Robson has been knocked out of a tournament by lower-ranked opposition.

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