Lepchenko was 0-4 in the second round at Grand Slams _ and only 4-10 in first rounds _ until this week.
Schiavone lamented losing a match that she felt was hers for the taking, including failing to convert any of the eight break points she held in the second set.
After shanking a shot early in that set, Schiavone cried out in Italian: “My God! She’s falling apart, and I hit it out?”
“I could have imposed my will a little more,” she said afterward. “I don’t think I played excellent tennis.”
The left-handed Lepchenko is playing the best tennis of her life.
She smiled and leaned back in her chair at Saturday’s postmatch news conference when a reporter noted that her biography was not included in the print version of the 2012 WTA media guide.
“I keep a low profile. That’s why they don’t have me in there,” Lepchenko joked, before explaining the real reason: She was ranked too low, 128th, at the start of this season.
Now she’s moving up in the world.
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