Tennis Classic of Troy winner Oprandi stuns at Australian Open

Published 6:58 pm Wednesday, January 18, 2012

2011 Tennis Classic of Troy champion Romina Oprandi pulled possibly the biggest upset of the Australian Open. Oprandi knocked off fellow Italian and 10th seeded Francesca Schiavone, 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.

Oprandi, who is currently ranked 80th in the world, defeated Schiavone in an hour and 24 minute match on Margaret Court Arena.

Sciavone was the 2010 French Open champion and a quarter-finalist in the Australian Open in 2011.

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Oprandi picked up only 15 winners compared to Schiavone’s 20 but 35 unforced errors ultimately doomed Sciavone in the match.

The Tennis Classic of Troy championship match between top-seeded Oprandi and second seed Varvara Lepchenko was a redo of the finals in the Women’s Pro Tennis Classic in Kansas City, MO, where Lepchenko took the title, 6-4, 6-1.

The second time around, Oprandi was the dominant one winning 6-1, 6-2.

Oprandi had quite a run in a month of United States Tennis Association events. On Oct. 2, she won the Lexus of Las Vegas Open and finished second to Lepchenko in Kansas City the week before winning in Troy.

Oprandi took Thursday off (Australia is 17 hours ahead of Central Standard time) before facing 22 seed Julia Goerges of Germany on Friday. Action can be seen on the ESPN family of networks.