Published June 28, 2013
LONDON (AFP) – Laura Robson faced the wrath of British boyband One Direction's army of fans when singer Harry Styles followed her on Twitter -- sparking an angry rush of jealous teenage girls demanding to know who she was.
Britain's hopes in the Wimbledon women's draw are pinned on 19-year-old Robson, who made it to the third round with a 6-4, 6-1 defeat of Colombian qualifier Mariana Duque-Marino on Friday.
Three of the five members of One Direction -- formed in a television singing contest in 2010 -- are now following Robson on Twitter, triggering a frenzy to find out who was the tennis star captivating the band's attention.
"I didn't follow, who was it that tweeted me? Harry. I haven't been really going on Twitter," said Robson, who has more than 210,000 followers on the micro-blogging site.
Styles boasts 13.8 million.
"I actually got an email from Twitter saying, He's followed you and messaged you. I guess if you're that big time, then Twitter gets involved.
"But I looked in my replies, and it was just thousands of these messages, saying, 'Who is she?'", said Robson in a mock angry voice.
"I was wetting myself because it was so funny.
"I think I've gained 20,000 followers and they have no idea who I am."
Asked if she even liked the band, she said: "I like a bit of cheesy music".
Robson, revealed she has further rubbed the band's fans up the wrong way.
"I tweeted -- it was hilarious -- just, 'P.S., hi to the One Direction fans'. They corrected me: 'We're not fans; we're Directioners'.
"It's a whole other world."
Britain's big hope in the men's draw, second seed Andy Murray -- with whom Robson won the mixed doubles silver medal at the London 2012 Olympics -- has said he would be up for taking on women's number one Serena Williams in Las Vegas.
Asked if she would be interested in seeing the pair "get it on in Vegas", a laughing Robson said: "That's interesting wording! I think everyone would watch that!"
Out on Centre Court, Robson, the world number 38, traded breaks with her 117-ranked Colombian opponent in the first set but rolled her way through the second to win in 73 minutes before an ecstatic home crowd.
She faces New Zealand's Marina Erakovic in the third round on Saturday.
"I've lost to her on grass before. She's got a big game, a huge serve, a good slice as well. Pretty much a perfect game for grass," Robson said.
"I know it's going to be a tough one. She's been doing really well in doubles lately, as well. Her net game is on the ball. We'll see how it goes.
Although still a relative youngster on the tour, Robson has her sights set on lifting the Wimbledon crown.
"The biggest dream is to win here," she said. "That's how it always has been."