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Lepchenko upsets Jankovic at French Open

Lepchenko upsets Jankovic at French Open

The 26-year-old Lepchenko beat the 19th-seeded Jankovic 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4.

Paris: Varvara Lepchenko of the United States reached the third round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time, upsetting 19th-seeded Jelena Jankovic of Serbia 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-4 at the French Open.

After the players shook hands at the end of the 3-hour, 6-minute match Thursday, Lepchenko leaned over the net and gave it a kiss. She is ranked 63rd and playing in her 15th major tournament.

The 26-year-old Lepchenko was born in Uzbekistan but lives in Allentown, Pa., and competes for the U.S.

Jankovic is a former No. 1-ranked player who was the runner-up at the 2008 U.S. Open and has been a French Open semifinalist three times.

first published:May 31, 2012, 22:31 IST