Schiavone wins all-Italian clash at US Open

New York: French Open champion Francesca Schiavone eased through her all-Italian second-round encounter with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Maria Elena Camerin at the US Open on Wednesday.

The number six seed started her match confidently on the Grandstand court and needed just 65 minutes to eliminate the qualifier from Milan, who now lives in London.

While temperatures remained high, the two Italians were sheltered from the sun for most of their match by the shadows of neighbouring Louis Armstrong Stadium.

But while Camerin was able to dodge the sun, the world number 41 could not escape some attacking tennis from her countrywoman, who cleverly mixed up her all-round game.

Schiavone, who is currently without a coach, converted all five of the break point opportunities she had in the match.

She looked on course for a 6-0 win in the second set but Camerin stopped the onslaught by nervously holding serve for only the second time in the match.

That only briefly delayed the inevitable and the result means the 30-year-old Schiavone has lost just four games and spent a little over two hours on court in her two matches to date at Flushing Meadows.

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