Sloane Stephens, Laura Robson tout new tennis rivalry

The win is likely to see Stephens force her way into the top 20, while Robson is projected to return to the top 50.

updated: January 19, 2013 17:56 IST
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Melbourne: Teen tennis sensations Sloane Stephens and Laura Robson are not only good friends off court but feel they can establish a compelling rivalry on it.

The powerful Stephens, 19, came out on top of their third round clash at the Australian Open 7-5, 6-3 Saturday -- an intense and entertaining contest showcasing two of the sport's brightest young talents.

The American has the edge over Britain's Robson, 18, after also beating her in Hobart this month and hopes their rivalry can develop into something special.

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