Vinci Wins All-Italian Clash With Giorgi
Published September 02, 2013 12:03
NEW YORK, NY, USA - Camila Giorgi started fast but Roberta Vinci finished faster, storming through to her second straight US Open quarterfinal with a straight set victory over her countrywoman, 64 62.
Giorgi, a No.136-ranked qualifier who had put on an impressive display of power in upsetting No.6 seed Caroline Woznaicki in her third round match on Arthur Ashe Stadium two nights earlier, came out swinging again against the No.10-seeded Vinci, storming out to an early 4-1 lead in the first set.
But Vinci came alive just in time, reeling off seven games in a row to build a 64 20 lead. She never really looked back from there - Giorgi got two more games on the board but by then Vinci's momentum was just too strong, and her numbers just too solid (12 winners to 9 unforced errors for the match).
Meanwhile, Giorgi put together a -15 differential of winners to unforced errors (20 to 35).
"Of course I'm happy," Vinci said. "I knew it was going to be a tough match. She always plays very strong, very flat, and she played her game very well today. I knew I had to change my focus when she was up 4-1. I was just thinking about my game and I'm happy to be back in the quarterfinals again."
Vinci is now through to the second Grand Slam quarterfinal of her career. Her first came right here last year, where she fell to doubles partner, good friend and eventual semifinalist Sara Errani.
What does Vinci attribute her sudden spike in results - especially here - the last few years?
"Nothing changed really - it's always the same stuff, just practicing - it's probably the age. When I go on the court now I have more experience than before, which definitely helps. But nothing special."
And on Italian tennis at the moment? "It's good - Italian tennis is going up, which is nice, of course. If Flavia Pennetta wins that means an Italian girl goes to the semifinals, which is great for Italian tennis, of course. And we all play Fed Cup together and are good friends. We're very happy right now."
Giorgi was disappointed with the match, but overall pleased with her result for the tournament.
"It was two great weeks coming back from two months without playing, so I'm happy I came back to play, of course," Giorgi said. "I played at a really good level here, and now I'm looking forward to keep going and playing more tournaments. I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing and we'll see.
"I think today just wasn't my day, but it was really nice playing here."