Vinci reaches Open QFs in rainy New York

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Updated: September 2, 2013

Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) – Italian veteran Roberta Vinci
secured a berth in her second straight U.S. Open quarterfinal with a straight-
set victory on a rainy Monday in New York.

The 30-year-old 10th seed leveled 21-year-old qualifier Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-2
in 67 minutes in an all-Italian fourth-round affair on the Grandstand court.
Moments later it started pouring at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis
Center, prompting a more-than-four-hour rain delay on Labor Day in the United
States.

Giorgi, who stunned former world No. 1 and former U.S. Open runner-up Caroline
Wozniacki in the third round on Saturday, broke serve only once on Day 8 while
Vinci recorded four breaks en route to victory.

Vinci has never reached a major quarterfinal outside of New York City. She’s a
three-time Grand Slam doubles champ with her fellow countrywoman Sara Errani,
including last year’s U.S. Open and this year’s Australian Open titles.

Up next for Vinci will be another compatriot in 31-year-old Flavia Pennetta.

Following that hours-long rain delay, the one-time world No. 10 Pennetta
returned to the court to finish off 21st-seeded Romanian Simona Halep, 6-2,
7-6 (7-3), in 1 hour, 29 minutes. Pennetta tallied five service breaks,
compared to three for Halep.

The rising Halep headed to Flushing having won four of her last seven
tournaments, including one in New Haven the week before the 2013 U.S. Open.

Pennetta, who missed last year’s U.S. Open because of injury, will now play in
her fourth quarterfinal here in her last five trips to New York.

Meanwhile, a match between second-seeded former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka
and 13th-seeded former top-ranked star Ana Ivanovic was postponed until
Tuesday. The reigning Australian Open champion Azarenka was last year’s U.S.
Open runner-up to the mighty Serena Williams.

The women’s quarterfinals are scheduled to get underway Tuesday, as the
world No. 1 Williams will meet 18th-seeded Spaniard Carla Suarez Navarro and
fifth-seeded Aussie Open runner-up Li Na of China will face 24th-seeded
Russian Ekaterina Makarova.

The reigning champion and four-time U.S. Open titlist Williams owns 16 Grand
Slam titles overall, including this year’s French Open.