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Lepchenko advances into U.S. Open Round of 16

Lepchenko advances into U.S. Open Round of 16

An emotional Varvara Lepchenko rallied and rolled into the round of 16 on Saturday afternoon at the US Open in Flushing, N.Y., with a third-round victory over Mona Barthel.

Lepchenko started slowly in the first set, falling 6-1. She rebounded strongly, taking the second and third sets, 6-3 and 6-4 respectively, to advance.

The 29-year-old Allentown resident will play 20th-seeded Victoria Azarenka in Monday's fourth round.

"I just kept on fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting, fighting — and I won," Lepchenko said during an on-court interview immediately after her victory. This is the first time in six US Open appearances that Lepchenko has...