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On Wednesday, Robson ended Clijsters‘ career, winning both sets in tiebreakers in the second round against the 23rd-seeded Belgian. Robson’s career might now be really getting started.

She became the next great British hope when she captured the 2008 Wimbledon girls’ title at age 14. Four years later, injury-free for the first time in a while, she seems to be reaching that potential, the youngest woman ranked in the top 100.

“I’m only 18, so if I was that negative a year ago, then who knows what I’m going to be like in a few years,” Robson said, referring to whether she ever doubted her future. “But, no, I have always thought that I can play with the top girls. Whenever I’ve practiced with, you know, Caroline or Maria, I’ve always felt that the level was there. It was just taking that onto the match court and keeping the level up for the whole match.”

And she became the first British woman to make the fourth round at a Grand Slam event since Sam Smith at Wimbledon in 1998. Robson had 27 unforced errors to 34 by the 30-year-old Li.

“I was making a lot of mistakes in my whole match, so of course give a lot of free points to her,” Li said. “Made her like, `Oh, I got more confidence. Oh, I can beat her.’”

The seventh-seeded Stosur has never faced Robson _ or really watched her play for long.

“She’s obviously full of confidence,” Stosur said, “and had two very, very good wins.”

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