Posted January 06, 2013 on AP on Fox
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American Sloane Stephens broke Laura Robson's service in the opening game and went on to beat the British player 6-4, 7-6 (4), in a first-round match at the Hobart International on Sunday. Stephens, the eighth-seeded player in Hobart, lost in the quarterfinals to eventual champion Serena Williams at the Brisbane International last week. In the only other first-round match Sunday at the Domain Tennis Centre, Olga Govortsova of Belarus had a 6-2, 6-1 upset win over fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain. Top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan plays China's Peng Shuai in a first-round match Monday.
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