The first player through to the quarter finals at this year’s US Open was 10th seed Roberta Vinci (Player Profile), who took out 136th ranked qualifier Camila Giorgi (Player Profile) in an all Italian 4th round match. Vinci has had a great year, rising to number 11, while Giorgi only won 12 matches the entire season. Giorgi has only one game plan – that is to hit the ball as hard and be as aggressive as possible. Vinci has a vast array of top quality shots at her disposal which she used to great effect. Giorgi started well in the first set but fell away midway to allow Vinci to take the set 6-4. Both players held their opening games in the second set before Vinci broke for 3-1 and led 5-1 before Giorgi got another game. Vinci then served out the set at 6-2 to end the younger Italian’s great run.
A third Italian got to the 5th round – Flavia Pennetta (Player Profile), who played 21st seed Simona Halep (Player Profile). A former top 10 player, Pennetta is working her way back up the rankings after a year off the tour with a wrist injury, while Halep is the most improved player this year, rising to number 19 in the rankings after beating Kvitova in the final of New Haven last week. Pennetta took the first set quite comfortable at 6-2 but Halep showed her skills in the second set where breaks of serve were the order of the day until Halep got breaks in the 8th and 9th games to lead 5-4 and 40-30 when heave rain came down. After being off court for four and a half hours, play resumed and Halep twice served for the set, but Pennetta took complete control to take the set to a breaker which she won 7-5 6-3.
After 48th ranked Daniela Huntuchova’s (Player Profile) miracle win over Julia Glushko in the 3rd round, she took on 81st ranked Alison Riske (Player Profile) who had conquered Petra Kvitova in the round of 32. In this match the Slovak served wonderfully and hit her groundies to great effect, hitting a total of 15 aces and 46 winner during the match including one to ace to win the match. She took the first set 6-3, dropped the second 5-7 when the America would just not give up and then won the third 6-2.