Errani the winner of all-Italian US Open QF, meets Serena in semis

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Sara Errani wins an all-Italian fight against Roberta Vinci in quarterfinals of 2012 US Open. She will be facing 2012 Wimledon and Olympic champion Serena Williams next.

Tenth seed Errani faced her friend and doubles partner twentieth-seeded Vinci in US quarterfinal clash. The Italian players won this year’s Roland Garros title together, but they were on the opposite sides of the net on more than a half empty Louis Armstrong stadium, which can be attributed to unstable weather conditions. Nevertheless, the grey clouds gathering over Flushing Meadows did not bring any more precipitation, so there was no need to interrupt the match at any point.

Errani, who had defeated the recent Texas Open winner Vinci four times in a row prior to the match, got off to a flying start by converting a break point in the opening game. 77% of Errani’s first serves were on target; in addition she won 86% of second serve points. Vinci, on the other hand, conceded 21 unforced errors in that part of the game thus enabling her fellow Italian to stay in command of the first set. Vinci tried to disrupt Errani’s rhythm with quite frequent net attacks, but gave away another serve game and was unable to prevent her compatriot serving out the set in the following game.

Both of the players had lost their serves twice and the score was levelled at 3-3 in the set two. Vinci, who had broken back twice, managed to get her nose in front for the first time in the match at 4-3, but could not throw Errani out of balance. The latter first equalized, then grabbed yet another break, and capped off her confident performance with a game to love. No real celebration after a 6-2, 6-4 victory as Errani had probably wished to have beaten some other player on her way to become the first ever female US Open semifinalist. Her percentage of first serves in was next to perfect in the second set (22 out 23), while Vinci continued to make far too many unforced errors as opposed to her colleague. (37-15).

Errani has not yet beaten her semifinal opponent Serena Williams in her professional career. The players have not played a competitive match for more than three years now.

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