Laura Robson: 'I had a good tournament despite third-round loss'

Britain's Laura Robson hits a backhand return in the first round of the  Australian Open tennis championship on January 15, 2013
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Laura Robson is happy to have made the third round of the Australian Open, having been knocked out in the first round in 2012.

Laura Robson has said that the Australian Open has been a good tournament for her this year, despite being knocked out of the women's singles this morning.

The 18-year-old lost in straight sets to American teenager Sloane Stephens.

The Brit told BBC Sport: "Last year, I lost here 6-2 6-0 in the first round. It's a massive improvement. There's still so many things that can be worked on, but I toughed out the two wins and today I thought Sloane played pretty well. So, yes, still a pretty good tournament.

"I felt something in my shoulder yesterday, but we still don't know what it is because I haven't had time to see the doctor yet but these things happen, and you just have to play through the pain sometimes. But I thought Sloane played really well."

Robson received treatment on her shoulder from the trainer several times during the match, but was unable to match Stephens.

Sloane Stephens hits a backhand return to Laura Robson in the third round of the Australian Open on January 19, 2013
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