Early exit for Robson

  • Last Updated: January 6 2013, 8:11 GMT

Great Britain's Laura Robson crashed out in the first round of her final tournament before the Australian Open, losing 6-4 7-6 (7/4) to eighth seed Sloane Stephens of the United States in the Moorilla Hobart International.

Laura Robson: Beaten in the opening round
Laura Robson: Beaten in the opening round

A single break in the first game of the match was enough for Stephens to win the first set, and she led with a break at 3-1 in the second.

Robson, who at 53 is ranked 15 places beneath her opponent, fought back to take the set into a tie-break, but Stephens prevailed.

There were missed chances for Robson, who had six break-point opportunities in the match, including four in the first set.

British number one Heather Watson withdrew from the tournament because of injury.


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