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Roberta Vinci Beats Camila Giorgi and Rain to Make US Open Quarterfinals Along with Countrywoman Flavia Pennetta

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(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.”

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Serena Williams Breezes Through Vinci, Sets Up Quarterfinal with Kuznetsova

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By Ros Satar

(June 2, 2013) PARIS – Serena Williams notched another straight sets victory over Roberta Vinci 6-1, 6-3, before trying out more French on the Court Phillipe Chatrier crowd, although, to be fair, many of the games were well fought and close.

 

Vinci was a lot more competitive in the second set, holding her serve much more capably throughout the second set, including a half volley winner.

That was the trigger, though, for Williams to change through her gears, responding with a both a break and a hold to love to set up an quarter final bout with 2009 champion, Svetlana Kuznetsova.

 

At times looking at those Vinci winners in disbelief, and at times tried by her forehand being magnetically drawn to the net, Williams was happy to continue her current run of form.

 

“Every match I’m really I think focused for the whole period of time, the whole time,” said the world No. 1.

 

“I think I just really ‑‑ I really want it, every match.”

 

Williams had a game plan for what Vinci would throw at her, but some of the best shots in the match were with both of them up at the net.

 

Williams explained: “You go crosscourt, down the line, you can go lob, go at their feet.

 

“You have so many options, and then you have to be ready for the next shot.

 

“I think it’s fun.  It makes it really fast and fun for me.”

 

Looking ahead to her quarter-final with Svetlana Kuznetsova, Williams believed it will be one to watch.

 

She said: “The last time we played here she won, so that will probably get her pumped up and she’s on a comeback.

“She has nothing to lose but everything to gain.  She also wants to do well, and she’s won this tournament before.”

 

Perhaps the thing that has challenged Williams the most (outside of the weather) is speaking French for her post-match on-court interview.

 

She negotiated questions about being in the second week of the slam, and how she felt about her form and, it has to be said, seemed to answer fairly competently.

 

She freely admitted, though that it is harder to conduct her interview in French, than to close out a match.

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