Errani Defeats Doubles Partner Vinci to Move into US Open Semis

FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Sara Errani became only the second Italian woman to reach the semifinals of the US Open on Wednesday when she defeated countrywoman, friend and doubles partner Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-4.

The 10th seeded Errani did not celebrate after match point, but she did embrace Vinci at the net.

The last Italian woman to reach the US Open semifinal was back in 1930 when Baroness Maud Levi Rosenbaum did it.

Erani, finalist at the French Open, talked about her “career” year: “It’s the best year of my life, of course.  I’m playing very good.  Also that my ranking is very high.  I just try to think playing the matches, go on the court, and try to fight the best as I can and that’s it.  Of course I’m playing good.  I feel good on the court of shots and everything.  So these thing happens.  Also, there is more confidence winning matches, so also for the ranking maybe you go in the court thinking more that you can win than maybe before.  Before maybe when I was a bit ‑‑ two or three years ago for me was a bit difficult going on the court and feel that I can win with the best players.  Now I feel that a bit different.  I feel that when I’m on the court I feel good and I feel that I can fight with everybody.  So this is the important thing.”

Errani and Vinci, who won the French Open doubles title in June have also reached the semifinals at the US Open. Errani will move up into the No.  1 ranking in doubles next week.

“Of course, No. 1 in the world with doubles with your best friend is amazing, ” Errani said.  “Maybe the best.  But also having results.  The better thing I think also is that after Roland Garros I was keeping playing good, keeping fighting like here.  First round very difficult, fighting all the point with Muguruza was very tough match.  Maybe I can lose that match and I’m not here.  So the good thing is to fight and try to won and be hungry to won more matches.  Don’t think about the other things and stop, but keep going and try to fight more.  This maybe is the best one.”

Errani will meet the winner of the Serena Williams – Ana Ivanovic match in the semifinals.