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American Lepchenko beats Vinci to tie Fed Cup

Updated: February 9, 2013, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

RIMINI, Italy -- American Varvara Lepchenko won in her Fed Cup singles debut to lift the U.S. team to a 1-1 tie against Italy on Saturday, after Sara Errani beat Jamie Hampton 6-2, 6-1.

Lepchenko rallied past Roberta Vinci 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 after the Italian struggled with a leg cramp in the final set, which featured seven breaks of serve. She had treatment on her left thigh and rallied from 5-1 down in the third to tie it 5-5.

Then Lepchenko broke back and served out the match.

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