Vinci reaches QFs in rainy New York; Riske exits U.S. Open

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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, while American Alison Riske came up a loser on a rainy Monday in
New York.

The 30-year-old, 10th-seeded Vinci 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.

“This is good for Italian tennis,” Vinci said. “Italian tennis (is) going up.”

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.

The 23-year-old Pittsburgh native Riske gave way to one-time world No. 5
Daniela Hantuchova, 6-3, 5-7, 6-2, in just over two hours following the long
delay that sent the players off the court in the second set. The Slovakian
Hantuchova had twice as many breaks (4-2) on her way to the round of eight.

The 30-year-old Hantuchova reached her first U.S. Open quarterfinal in 11
years and first Grand Slam quarter since appearing in the semifinals at
the 2008 Aussie Open.

“This tournament is only starting now for me. It just means the world to me to
be again in the quarterfinals,” Hantuchova said.

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.