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Stephens stymies Robson at Hobart International

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Sloane Stephens broke Laura Robson in the first game of the match then held serve to take the first set in 45 minutes.

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 the first round of the Hobart International on Sunday.

Stephens, seeded eighth, was coming off a quarterfinal loss to eventual champion Serena Williams in the Brisbane International.

In the only other first-round match Sunday at the Domain Tennis Centre, Olga Govortsova of Belarus beat fifth-seeded Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain 6-2, 6-1.

Top-seeded Hsieh Su-wei of Taiwan will play China's Peng Shuai in a first-round match Monday.

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