Errani & Vinci Cruise Into Semis
Published June 03, 2014 12:12
PARIS, France - Four-time Grand Slam champions Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci continued their dominant clay court season with a rout of three-time Grand Slam runners-up Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua in the quarterfinals of the French Open on Tuesday.
In a rematch of the 2013 Australian Open final, which was won by the Italians in three sets, Errani and Vinci eased through the first set in just 18 minutes - surrendering only seven points. The second set wasn't much different, and Errani and Vinci went on to a 6-0, 6-1 victory in 47 minutes.
The second-seeded Errani and Vinci had huge advantages statistically, such as winning nine of 14 second serve points compared to one of 14 for their opponents and converting on six of eight break point chances compared to zero of two for the seventh-seeded Australians.
"We played a really good match today," Errani said. "They are not an easy team. We were very focused and aggressive and are very happy to win this match."
Errani, who is also into the singles quarterfinals, is doing her best to conserve energy.
"Physically it's very tough," Errani said. "It's better to have short matches like today. That will help my energy level for tomorrow."
Errani and Vinci have been spectacular on clay this year, having gone 15-1 - with the one loss coming by virtue of retirement in the Rome final. They are also now 15-1 at Roland Garros going back to their 2012 title run.
Also advancing were No.1 seeds Hsieh Su-Wei and Peng Shuai. The reigning Wimbledon champs were 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 winners over No.5 seeds Cara Black and Sania Mirza. After losing the initial meeting between the two duos in Tokyo last year, Hsieh and Peng have now been triumphant in all three encounters this year. Their latest win put them into the semifinals here five years after they last reached this round.
"This is the second time we made the semifinals. The last time was in 2009," Peng said. "We played against really strong opponents and it was a really good match. We are really happy and excited that we're in the semis."
The remaining two quarterfinals will see fourth-seeded Kveta Peschke and Katarina Srebotnik play Garbiñe Muguruza and Carla Suárez Navarro and 16th-seeded Marina Erakovic and Arantxa Parra Santonja take on Lucie Hradecka and Michaella Krajicek.