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Lepchenko is winner in first Australian Open tennis match

Lepchenko is winner in first Australian Open tennis match

Varvara Lepchenko considers the Lehigh Valley her home but she continues to feel very comfortable in the Land Down Under. Coming off one of the most successful tournaments of her 14-year professional career, Lepchenko won a first-round match Tuesday at the Australian Open in Melbourne. She scored a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Russia's Vitalia Diatchenko. Lepchenko, ranked 30th in the world and is the tournament's 30th seed, advances to the second round, where she will play Croatia's Ajla Tomljanovic. The 28-year-old Lepchenko, who lives in Upper Macungie, needed only 71 minutes to eliminate Diatchenko. She broke Diatchenko's serve six times and committed only one unforced...

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