(August 31, 2014) FLUSHING MEADOWS – Sara Errani, fresh off her win over Venus Williams on Friday held off surprise challenger and 1999 Wimbledon semifinalist 32-year-old qualifier Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 2-6, 6-0 on Sunday at the US Open.
Erran, who is the 13th seed was a 2012 French Open finalist is the first to advance to the quarterfinals of the US Open. The Italian held steady with her baseline game committing only 9 errors to her hard-hitting Croat opponent’s 69.
“I knew I was going for too much,” said the Croat. “It was really difficult to play because it was very windy day, also. That kind of played, I feel, a huge role today. It was really difficult to time the balls, especially on her ball and her serve. It comes so slow and it kind of floats in the air. Yeah, I mean, I wanted to keep going for the ball and keep playing aggressive, but, yeah, I just missed too much.”
“It was tough match, Errani said. “She served very strong. She hit the ball unbelievable strong. Is the kind of player I don’t like to play too much, so I just tried to be very focused every point. Tried to shut up the most I can. So be focused try to hit when I can. Was, I think, very good match.”
Errani will face the winner of Maria Sharapova and Caroline Wozniacki match.
Former teen phenom Lucic-Baroni, who is ranked 121st upset No. 2 seed Simona Halep in the third round.
“This has been a great two weeks, the best so far since I can remember for a long time,” Lucic-Baroni said. “Obviously right now I’m really disappointed. She’s a really tough player to play. Today I felt like I ran out of gas a little bit.”