(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...