U.S. Olympian Varvara Lepchenko posted a 6-4, 6-2 win over No. 8 seed Chanelle Scheepers of South Africa in the second round of the Mercury Insurance Open on Wednesday.
Lepchenko never faced a break point and won despite making only 55 percent of her first serves.
''It was pretty difficult out there and I'm still trying to get used to the conditions and still trying to find my game,'' Lepchenko said. ''I'm happy the way it ended up.''
No. 1 seed Marion Bartoli of France will see her first action when she faces American Vania King in a second-round night match.
Lepchenko, a naturalized U.S. citizen born in Uzbekistan, took advantage of the only service break of the first set with a forehand winner for a 4-3 lead.
Scheepers double-faulted in the third game of the second set to give Lepchenko a 2-1 lead. Scheepers failed to hold her serve as Lepchenko broke again for a 4-1 lead en route to the victory.
''Once I get into the match, especially in the second set, I started to go mor...