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Schiavone loses to unseeded Lepchenko

Schiavone loses to unseeded Lepchenko

Unseeded Varvara Lepchenko eliminated Francesca Schiavone, who was the runner-up at last year's French Open.

Paris: Unseeded Varvara Lepchenko of the United States beat 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone of Italy 3-6, 6-3, 8-6 in the third round at Roland Garros on Saturday.

The 63rd-ranked Lepchenko never had made it beyond the second round at any Grand Slam tournament.

But she came back to eliminate Schiavone, who was the runner-up at last year's French Open.

Lepchenko joins Sloane Stephens, who won Friday, to give the US two unseeded women in the fourth round at a major tournament for the first time since Wimbledon in 2002.

Lepchenko was born in Uzbekistan and now lives in Pennsylvania. She became a US citizen last year.

first published:June 02, 2012, 18:30 IST