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Italians Errani, Vinci to meet in US Open quarters

Associated Press Modified: September 3, 2012 at 6:52 pm •  Published: September 3, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) — Roberta Vinci and Sara Errani planned to eat dinner together Monday and Tuesday, as usual.

Then on Wednesday, they'll try to slice and slam each other out of the U.S. Open.

"I'll be mean and so will she," Vinci said. "And then afterward, we'll be friends, just like before."

And one thing's for sure: An Italian woman will be in the semifinals.

The doubles partners each won a fourth-round singles match Monday in a straight-set upset, wearing identical pink and black outfits. The 29-year-old Vinci had never before reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal.

Since Francesca Schiavone became the first Italian woman to win a major title at the 2010 French Open, more firsts have been piling up for the country's players. Before this year, neither Vinci nor Errani had made it past the third round at a major tournament. Then Errani got to the quarters at the Australian Open — and topped that with a runner-up finish at Roland Garros.

Vinci advanced to the fourth round for the first time at Wimbledon. On Monday, she knocked off second-seeded Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-4. Vinci ran to her box to celebrate after breaking the Pole's serve to end the match, tears in her eyes.

"Tears, certainly, of joy, of nerves, of fear at the end," she said. "All beautiful — actually, really beautiful — emotions."

The 10th-seeded Errani defeated Angelique Kerber 7-6 (5), 6-3. She and Vinci are still alive in doubles, in the quarterfinals as the No. 2 seed. They won the French Open title this year.

Their friendship certainly benefits their partnership on the court, Errani said.

"But also because we are playing both very good," she said. "I think this year we are playing very good tennis."

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