Vinci to face Pennetta in last eight
A review of the women's action on day eight of the US Open at Flushing Meadows.
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Roberta Vinci raced into the quarter-finals of the US Open on Monday, beating fellow Italian Camila Giorgi.
Vinci needed just 67 minutes to wrap up a 6-4 6-2 win at Flushing Meadows to set up a last-eight meeting with another Italian, Flavia Pennetta.
Giorgi actually made the faster start, securing the first break and moving into a 4-1 lead.
However, from that position of strength, things went badly wrong as Vinci, also a quarter-finalist 12 months ago, wrested control.
Giorgi did not help herself, serving seven double faults to aid her more experienced opponent.
Vinci will next meet another Italian, Pennetta, after she pulled off an upset of 21st seed Simona Halep.
The Romanian has been in great form in recent months, capturing four WTA titles, including one at New Haven only a week ago.
However, after rain interrupted their clash, Pennetta claimed a 6-2 7-6 (7/3) victory to set up an all-Italian quarter-final.
Vinci was relieved to beat the weather, saying: "I'm happy of course. Now I have a lot of time to rest and to play doubles. Of course I was lucky.''
She added: "Italian tennis is going up, and it's nice, of course.
"In the quarter-finals, another Italian girl goes to the semi-finals. So it's good for Italian tennis.''
Meanwhile, Daniela Hantuchova also progressed to the last eight thanks to a 6-3 5-7 6-2 win over American wild card Alison Riske.
She will next face either second seed Victoria Azarenka or Ana Ivanovic. Their match was postponed until Tuesday following the lengthy rain delay.