Stephens beats Robson at Hobart International

Associated Press  |  Last updated January 06, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 27: Laura Robson of Great Britain walks past outside courts before her third round juniors match during day ten of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 27, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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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