Sara Errani enters her first US Open quarterfinal after seeing off better ranked Angelique Kerber in two attractive sets – 7-6 (5) 6-3.
Sixth-seeded German hope Angie Kerber paid a price for conceding 38 unforced errors in little less than two hours of her fourth round 2012 US Open match against tenth seed Italian Sara Errani. The spectators on Louis Armstrong stadium witnessed attack-minded baseline tennis, spiced up with a fair share of net attacks.
The first set was especially entertaining. Kerber lost a serve in the third game, got back into the set at 3-3, just to give away yet another service game immediately after that. Errani was now serving for 5-3, but left-handed Kerber, who played Cincinnati Masters final a couple of weeks ago, averted two game points, levelling the score again. By that time the audience really got into the righ, enjoying every rally of the encouter between the two top players. At the end of the set, the ‘breaker’ seemed to be the fairest way two separate the players. They could hardly keep a serve in the tiebreak, and after the German started to make some unnecessary mistakes, the 2012 Roland Garros finalist Errani suddenly got herself a triple set point at 6-3 up. She wasted two of them on her own serve, but Kerber ultimately gifted her the opener with a double fault.
The beginning of the set two showed that losing the tie-break was clearly a shock for Kerber. She found herself 0-3 down in no time. The accuracy of the shots was letting her down again, and her somewhat desperate net attacks gave no positive results either. Suddenly, she became more aggressive and began employing her forehand shots, smashing some nice down-the-line winners in the process. This enabled her to make a comeback in the set as she levelled the score at 3-3, but she was not capable of a complete turnaround. Errani’s conservative style of play eventually paid off. She defended well and waited for Kerber to start missing shots. A new break followed, allowing Errani to serve for the match at 5-3. She converted her first match point to celebrate her victory, setting up a quarterfinal encounter against her compatriot Roberta Vinci.
Vinci is also playing some superb tennis at this year’s US Open, making her way into the last 8 with a 6-1 6-4 win over second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska.