Defending champion Stosur ends Robson run in U.S. Open last 16

NEW YORK Sun Sep 2, 2012 7:04pm EDT

1 of 4. Samantha Stosur of Australia hits a return to Laura Robson of Britain during their women's singles match at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York September 2, 2012.

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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Defending champion Samantha Stosur ended the giant-killing run of 18-year-old Briton Laura Robson with a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 win in the fourth round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

The Australian came from a break down to win the first set and held off a late fight-back by Robson in the second to advance to the last eight after one hour, 38 minutes.

Robson had beaten Kim Clijsters and Li Na to make the fourth round but Stosur was the more consistent as she took the first set and led 5-2 in the second.

The Briton battled back, saving eight match points in the process, but Stosur broke her again to set up a likely clash with top seed Victoria Azarenka.

(Editing by Steve Ginsburg)

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