Laura Robson Beats Petra Kvitova At Australian Open (PICTURES)

17/01/2013 14:07 | Updated 17 January 2013

Laura Robson shocked eighth seed Petra Kvitova in a tense second-round encounter at the Australian Open.

The British number two joined Heather Watson in the last 32 after edging a three-set encounter against the former Wimbledon champion, with the decider totalling 20 games.

Robson, 18, prevailed 2-6 6-3 11-9 and will face American Sloane Stephens in the next round.

Laura Robson beats Petra Kvitova

"I knew it was going to be a really tough match," Robson said. "I have always struggled against 'lefties' anyway.

"I was just trying to return her serves and it was very hard. But I knew once I got my returns firing a bit and I got a bit more confidence in my serve, I would get myself into the match, and that is what I managed to do."

She added her gratitude to the support as well: "Thanks for staying to watch, I thought you'd all leave after Federer."

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