Found January 19, 2013 on Tennis Panorama :
  (January 19, 2013) Before a very pro-Robson crowd, American Sloane Stephens won the battle of the only two teenagers left in the women’s draw on Saturday at the Australian Open. The 19-year 29th seed defeated Great Britain’s Laura Robson 18, 7-5, 6-3 in one hour and 49 minutes.   Stephens ran out to a 4-0 first set lead knocking winners past Robson at will. Robson won the next four games to make it eve. In the fifth game, Robson was treated for a shoulder issue.   “I felt something in my shoulder yesterday, but we still don’t know what it is because I haven’t had time to see the doctor or anything yet,” Robson said.   The medical time out seemed to deflate Stephens’ momentum as her attacking game turned into a passive retrieving one. Robson turned into the aggressor.   Stephens had two set points on Robson’s serve at 5-4 but could not covert. The American did convert at 6-5 when Robson fired a backhand wide.   Serving for the match at 7-5, 5-3, Stephens had to save two break poin...

Stephens tops Robson in matchup of rising teens

Tennis rivals don't normally get messages from their opponent's mother wishing them well in the next round. Particularly after a defeat. Moments after American Sloane Stephens beat fellow teenager Laura Robson of Britain 7-5, 6-3 in a third-round match at the Australian Open on Saturday, she received a text. ''She was like, `Great job, good fight.' And she said...

Stephens tops Robson in match-up of rising talents

Tennis rivals don't normally get messages from their opponent's mother wishing them well in the next round. Particularly after a defeat. Moments after Sloane Stephens beat fellow teenager Laura Robson 7-5, 6-3 in a highly anticipated third-round match at the Australian Open on Saturday, though, she received a text from her mother. ''She was like, `Great job, good...

Stephens advances to 4th round in Australia

Sloane Stephens has defeated Laura Robson 7-5, 6-3 in the third round of the Australian Open in a match-up between the only teenagers left in the women's draw. The No. 29-seeded Stephens, 19, advanced to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the second time. She also reached that stage at last year's French Open Robson, who turns 19 on Monday, made 47 unforced errors in...

Robson Stuns Kvitova in Marathon to Move into the Third Round

(January 17, 2013) For Great Britan’s Laura Robson  it’s a  the second straight major that she taken down a former Grand Slam winner, this time in 2011 Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic. Robson survived No. 8 seed Kvitrova  2-6, 6-3,,11-9 in a match which lasted past Midnight in Melbourne. At the US Open the teenage Robson upset both Kim Clijsters and Li...

Kvitova upset in 2nd-round loss to Robson

Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was upset by 18-year-old Laura Robson 6-2, 3-6, 11-9 in a second-round Australian Open match that ended in the early hours of Friday morning. No. 8-seeeded Kvitova was leading 3-0 in the third set before Robson broke her three times to take a 6-5 lead. Kvitova broke back and the set stayed on serve until Robson broke again in the 19th game...

Midnight Marathon in Melbourne: Kvitova Falls to Robson in 20-Game Final Set

Petra Kvitova stumbled out of the Australian Open on Thursday night. It is hard to build confidence without winning matches, but hard to win matches without having built confidence.  Such is the situation in which Petra Kvitova has found herself lately, struggling to string together any victories as illness and injury have combined with a loss of form.  In the night session on...

Laura Robson Steps Up; Rafael Nadal Seizes the Clay — The Friday Five

By Maud Watson Laura Robson Stepping Stone Week one of the Aussie Open is not yet in the books, but already fans have been treated to some dramatic tennis. One of the most thrilling matches was Brit Laura Robson’s victory over No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova. Yes, Robson had already notched some big wins in her young career at the 2012 US Open, and Kvitova hadn’t yet found her form...

Australian Open Grounds Pass: Adventures in Spacetime with Radwanska, Ivanovic and Janowicz

Bernard Tomic during practice By Jesse Pentecost There was a strange, capricious energy to Melbourne this morning. Yesterday’s cruel heat had hardly lost its serrated edge during the night – it was still 35C at 11pm when Petra Kvitova and Laura Robson really got down to hacking at each other in earnest – and it wasn’t until breakfast this morning that the blade was truly...
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