Senior women Serena, Li Na praise emerging teens Robson, Stephens, Keys

At 19, Sloane Stephens is the only teen still standing after coming out on top of her third round clash with 18-year-old Briton Laura Robson, who is also rapidly improving and shocked eighth seed Petra Kvitova in the previous round.

updated: January 20, 2013 10:46 IST
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Melbourne: A raft of teenage women have made their mark at the Australian Open, unlike the men, and senior players are sitting up and taking notice of the emerging talent.

Eleven teenagers made the women's draw's second round and while only one -- American Sloane Stephens -- progressed to the fourth round, the potential was plain to see.

Fifteen-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who was 17 when she won the US Open and French Opens in 1999, believes it is only a matter of time before one of the new crop starts challenging the top names.

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