Lepchenko wins at Wimbledon to reach 3rd round

Associated Press  |  Last updated June 28, 2012

LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 23: Varvara Lepchenko of USA in action during her second round match against Alona Bondarenko of Ukraine on Day Three of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 23, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Varvara Lepchenko became the fourth American woman to reach Wimbledon's third round by beating 31st-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-6 (4), 6-4 on Thursday. Lepchenko joins sixth-seeded Serena Williams, 28th-seeded Christina McHale and unseeded Sloane Stephens to make the last 32 at the All England Club. The 53rd-ranked Lepchenko is coming off her best career Grand Slam result by reaching the fourth round at the French Open. She will play 24th-seeded Francesca Schiavone of Italy in the third round. Lepchenko, who was born in Uzbekistan, has lived in the United States since 2001 and became an American citizen in September.
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