American teen Stephens beats Schiavone at US Open

Sloane Stephens serves to Italy's Francesca Schiavone in the first round of play at the 2012 US Open tennis tournament, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

August 28, 2012 4:39:27 PM PDT
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 Slam events. She's ranked a career-best 44th.

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.