Losing her first service game, and clutching her arm, Robson had to call the trainer out at the first change of ends/
The time out, which saw her get physio treatment on her neck and shoulder, and some pain-relief tablets from the doctor, saw her start to hit a little deeper.
Even though Robson was backing off a lot, not really consistently moving forward or taking balls out of the air, she settled and took three games on the trot and brought things back to 4-4.
Some of her service games were long and drawn out, saving break points but succumbed on Stephen’s third set point, losing the first set 5-7.
Robson took advantage of the set change of ends to get a little more treatment, but her serving was obviously not at full strength.
Stephens played consistently better, but tightened up considerably when serving for the set, failing to take advantage of a poor drop shot from Laura, to give up match point, hitting a volley into the net.
Stephens took the match on her second match point, and will put herself in the Top 20.
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