The world number 59 broke the Italian to take the first set
and broke again to move ahead 3-1 in the second before recording
one final break to close out the contest and collect her first
win in four meetings with the 2010 French Open champion.
Schiavone, the first Italian woman to win a grand slam, has been
in miserable form losing seven consecutive first-round matches
before ending the barren stretch last week at the BNP Paribas
Open in Indian Wells.
Shvedova, whose only career WTA Tour win came seven years ago in
Bangalore, has lost all three meetings with Williams but did
push the six-times Miami champion to three sets during a round
of 16 meeting at the 2012 Wimbledon.
The upset of the day went to 20-year-old Monica Puig who
dispatched 36th ranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, a
four-time winner on the WTA Tour, 6-1 7-6 (9-7).
It was the second match win of the season for the 58th ranked
The tournament began on a down note for the home contingent with
American Bethanie Mattek-Sands falling 6-3 3-6 6-3 to Ukraine's
(Reporting by Steve Keating in Miami;
editing by Frank Pingue)
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