(September 2, 2013) FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – One women’s quarterfinal will have a pair of Italians squaring off against each other. Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta advanced to the US Open quarterfinals on Monday after straight set victories.
Vinci, the 10th seed, beat countrywoman qualifier Camila Giorgi, who upset sixth seed Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 in 67 minutes. also beating the 4 and a half hour rain delay.
“I’m happy,” said the 30-year-old Vinci.“ I knew that it was a tough match. She played good. She play always strong, flat, and I knew that I had to play ‑‑ I have to change a lot of my focus.”
Vinci said that she knows that at 30, she’s not young, but she enjoys playing. “I’m happy, and I try to stay focused every single day,” she said.
Her 21-year-old opponent Giorgi who came into the tournament ranked at 136, reflected on the match:” I think it wasn’t my day.”
“Was two great weeks coming back from two months without playing, so I’m happy I came back to play.
“And I played really good level. Now I will still keep going and play more tournaments.”
No. 83 Pennetta was on the brink of losing the second set, against Simona Halep who had a set point as the rains came. After the rain delay the Italian recovered to beat No. 21 from Romania 6-2, 7-6 (3).
“Of course, this place for me, it’s special,” Pennetta said. “But I can tell you the first day, when I played the first match, I didn’t expect to be here today.”
For the 31-year-old Pennetta she advanced to her first major semifinal since 2011. Vinci made the quarterfinals of the US Open last year where she lost to countrywoman Sara Errani.
“I think is going to be just a really tough match for both of us,” Pennetta said of her match with Vinci. We know each other really well. I know her since I think 20 years or more because we live almost in the same place. Just 35, 45 kilometer my house from her house.
“So is going to be really I think nice for us because one of us is going to have the chance to be in the semifinal. In the other way, it’s always not easy to play with your friend. But she do it yesterday and the day before with Knapp, I did it with Sara the second day, so we used to that and we try to play just tennis and then that’s it.”