Stephens is trying to prove she can mimic her success at Grand Slams, where she is 31-12 including a fourth round showing at this year's French Open, at regular WTA events, where she was 52-52 coming into this match. Though she doesn't have a lot of experience on grass, she showed she is comfortable on it with her quarterfinal run at Wimbledon last year.
After coasting through the first set, Stephens faced a bit of resistance in the second, but trailing 4-3, she held, broke and held again for the 6-2, 6-4 victory - her second in three meetings with Schiavone.
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Stephens faced five break points on her serve but fought each of them off, while converting on three of seven on Schiavone's serve.
"I never look at draws, so I never know who I'm playing," Stephens said. "Every tournament has tough competition. I just have to go out there and focus on myself and my game."