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By Erik Gudris | Friday, March 21, 2014

Varvara Lepchenko

Varvara Lepchenko fought back from being way behind in the final set to score a massive upset win over Jelena Jankovic in Miami.

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Varvara Lepchenko secured the first big upset on the women's side at the Sony Open Tennis event in Miami. That was thanks to a massive comeback on her part in the final set.

Facing No. 7 seed Jelena Jankovic, Lepchenko took hold of an early break lead during the opening set. Lepchenko would then go on to close it out 6-3. Lepchenko went up a quick break to open the second set and had chances for a double break lead.

But Jankovic held on to her serve for 1-2 and slowly got back into the match. Jankovic would then take control by not only winning the second set but then jumping out to a 5-1 lead in the third. Momentum then shifted back to Lepchenko who then broke Jankovic twice.

Soon, both women were on level terms heading into a final set tiebreak. Lepchenko got the early mini-break lead and never let go.

From there, Lepchenko closed out the come from behind 6-3, 2-6, 7-6(2) victory to reach the third round. This is the second top ten win for Lepchenko in her career.

Upsets Continue as Halep Withdraws

No. 2 seed Li Na found herself entering the third round on a walkover after Alisa Kleybanova withdrew from their scheduled match due to a viral illness.

No. 6 seed Simona Halep withdrew a few minutes later with a right toe injury. Halep said later she just had surgery on the toe and needed more time to recover.

The upsets continued as Barbora Zahlavova Strycova knocked out No. 14 seed Roberta Vinci in a tight three set contest 6-4, 2-6, 7-5. Elina Svitolina took out No. 18 seed Eugenie Bouchard 1-6, 6-1, 6-2.


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