US Open: Flavia Pennetta beats compatriot Roberta Vinci to reach semi-finals
Flavia Pennetta easily overcame compatriot Roberta Vinci to reach her first-ever grand slam semi-final at the US Open.
Last Updated: 04/09/13 10:34pm
The 31-year-old has fallen to 83 in the world rankings after undergoing wrist surgery last season, but produced another excellent performance to cruise through to the last four at Flushing Meadows.
Still to drop a set in the tournament, she preserved that unblemished record with a resounding 6-4 6-1 success on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.
Having beaten seeds in her previous three rounds (Sara Errani, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Simona Halep), she did so again in some style against Vinci, ousting her tenth-seeded rival in just one hour and five minutes.
Pennetta shaded a hard-fought first set, securing three breaks of serve to Vinci's two as she got her nose in front.
But the second was a much more one-sided affair as she broke her opponent on a further three occasions with Vinci unable to make any inroads her own delivery, failing to register a single break-point.
Pennetta will now face the winner of the last quarter-final between Belarussian second seed Victoria Azarenka and Slovakia's 48th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova later on Wednesday.
Top-ranked defending champion Serena Williams and Chinese fifth seed Li Na will meet in Friday's other semi-final on Arthur Ashe.
Pennetta said: "From the first day of the tournament I never thought I would be here and be talking about the semi-finals.
"I didn't play my best tennis in the last six months, and I just tried to keep working and working the same way every day.
"I'm starting to feel more my forehand, my backhand. Everything is starting to feel more normal in the way it was before the injury.
"I'm playing really good tennis here. Every day is much better. Every day was tougher and I've adjusted, tried to use everything I have and take it to the court and play my best tennis."