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Varvara Lepchenko
Varvara Lepchenko United States of America

  • Country: United States
  • Sport: Tennis
  • Height: 5'10" / 1.78m
  • Weight: 154 lbs / 69.9 kg
  • Born: 5/21/1986
  • Career Highlights: Lepchenko earned a spot on the United States team with an amazing run to the fourth round of this year’s French Open - just in time to beat the final cutoff date for squads to be nominated. She had never advanced past the second round at any previous Grand Slam event, but notched one of the biggest wins of her career when she knocked off 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavone in the third round. Her rise to the Olympic team is even more amazing considering her ranking was too low to even be listed in the WTA’s 2012 media guide. Born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Lepchenko moved with her father and sister to the U.S. after they gained political asylum, with her mother later joining them. Her tennis career was kickstarted by an Allentown, Penn., woman who gave the family a place to stay as Lepchenko began her career playing lower-tier tournaments. She became an American citizen last September and needed a waiver from the International Tennis Federation to gain eligibility for the U.S. Olympic team. Said Lepchenko: "I'm playing in the Olympics and not just for any country; it's the USA. As a kid, you grow up watching the opening ceremony and things like that. To be there experiencing that, it's got to be an amazing feeling."
  • Previous Olympics: None
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