American teen Stephens beats Schiavone at US Open

American teenager Sloane Stephens upset 22nd-seeded Francesca

Schiavone in the first round of the U.S. Open on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old Stephens won 6-3, 6-4 against the 2010 French

Open champion. Stephens has advanced to at least the third round at

three of her last four Grand Slams. She’s ranked a career-best


At 3-3 in the second set, Stephens broke Schiavone at love, the

game ending on a double-fault. The Italian had seven of those in

the match – five in her first service game.

Stephens had double match point at 5-3 against Schiavone’s serve

but couldn’t convert. Trying to serve out the match, she fought off

a break point then clinched the victory with a forehand winner down

the line.

The 32-year-old Schiavone pulled out of New Haven last week

because of an illness.