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09 February 2013

Lepchenko wins in debut to level score in Rimini


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  • Daniella Matar

RIMINI, ITALY: USA's Varvara Lepchenko stunned Italy's Roberta Vinci in today's second match.  Lepchenko worked on her focus coming in to the tie and is pleased with the support from her team.

The Italian Captain, Corrado Barazzutti comments on Vinci's injury during the match and is hopeful for tomorrow's performance.

Mary Joe Fernandez, the USA Captain describes the positive team attitude which lifted Lepchenko and helped her focus to win the match but admits that tomorrow will be a tough.

Jamie Hampton, who fell to Italy's Sara Errani in straight sets, expected it would be a tough battle to overcome her opponent.  Errani, who beat the young American 62 61 believes it to be one of her best matches so far this year.

Varvara Lepchenko (USA) - 09/02/2013

Captain Mary Joe Fernandez (USA) - 09/02/2013

Captain Corrado Barazzutti (ITA) - 09/02/2013

Sara Errani (ITA) - 09/02/2013

Jamie Hampton (USA) - 09/02/2013

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    Daniella Matar

    Daniella has worked in journalism in four different countries and interviewed sportspeople in five different languages. Before moving to Italy last year, she worked in England and France as well as Lebanon - where she ended up having a brief stint as a war reporter when the conflict with Israel broke out in 2006. Having grown up in London and begged for Wimbledon tickets every year, she still always gets a hankering for strawberries and cream whenever she sees a tennis match.

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