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Pennetta reaches 1st Slam semi, Gasquet reaches 2nd
US Open Tennis Heal
Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, returns a shot to Roberta Vinci, of Italy, during the quarterfinals of the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament, Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) - photo by Associated Press


At The USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

New York

Purse: $34.3 million (Grand Slam)

Surface: Hard-Outdoor




Richard Gasquet (8), France, def. David Ferrer (4), Spain, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3.



Flavia Pennetta, Italy, def. Roberta Vinci (10), Italy, 6-4, 6-1.

Victoria Azarenka (2), Belarus, def. Daniela Hantuchova, Slovakia, 6-2, 6-3.




Ivan Dodig, Croatia, and Marcelo Melo (10), Brazil, def. Treat Huey, Philippines, and Dominic Inglot (16), Britain, 7-5, 6-3.


Third Round

Serena and Venus Williams, United States, def. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Russia, and Lucie Safarova (11), Czech Republic, 6-1, 7-6 (3).


Sania Mirza, India, and Zheng Jie (10), China, def. Hsieh Su-wei, Taiwan, and Peng Shuai (4), China, 6-4, 7-6 (5).

Andrea Hlavackova and Lucie Hradecka (5), Czech Republic, def. Nadia Petrova, Russia, and Katarina Srebotnik (3), Slovenia, 4-6, 6-4, 7-5.

Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua (8), Australia, def. Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina (2), Russia, 6-2, 6-3.



Abigail Spears, United States, and Santiago Gonzalez, Mexico, def. Anabel Medina Garrigues, Spain, and Bruno Soares (5), Brazil, 6-2, 6-1.

Andrea Hlavackova, Czech Republic, and Max Mirnyi (7), Belarus, def. Kristina Mladenovic, France, and Daniel Nestor, Canada, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 12-10.

Champions Invitational


Michael Chang and Todd Martin, United States, def. Pat Cash, Australia, and MaliVai Washington, United States, 7-6 (4), 6-4.


Chanda Rubin, United States, and Iva Majoli, Croatia, def. Gigi Fernandez, United States, and Natasha Zvereva, Belarus, 6-2, 1-6, 13-11.

Junior Singles


Second Round

Lucas Miedler, Austria, def. Kim Young Seok, South Korea, 6-1, 6-4.

Yoshihito Nishioka (8), Japan, def. Rafael Matos, Brazil, 6-3, 6-2.

Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australia, def. Nicolas Jarry (11), Chile, 6-3, 6-2.

Gianluigi Quinzi (2), Italy, def. Noah Rubin, United States, 6-3, 6-4.

Quentin Halys, France, def. Andrey Rublev, Russia, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.

Jorge Panta (15), Peru, def. Johannes Haerteis, Germany, 7-6 (2), 6-3.

Borna Coric (4), Croatia, def. Zheng Wei Qiang, China, 6-0, 6-0.

Gage Brymer, United States, def. Roman Safiullin (14), Russia, 7-5, 5-6, retired.


Second Round

Katie Boulter, Britain, def. Elise Mertens (8), Belgium, 6-3, 6-2.

Maria Marfutina, Russia, def. Christina Makarova, United States, 7-6 (6), 3-0, retired.

Sara Sorribes Tormo, Spain, def. Francoise Abanda, Canada, 6-3, 6-3.

Iryna Shymanovich, Belarus, def. Peggy Porter, United States, 6-3, 6-2.

Mayo Hibi (11), Japan, def. Ivana Jorovic, Serbia, 6-1, 6-4.

Katerina Siniakova (3), Czech Republic, def. Claire Liu, United States, 6-2, 6-3.

Jasmine Paolini, Italy, def. Katy Dunne (13), Britain, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Tornado Alicia Black, United States, def. Barbora Krejcikova (4), Czech Republic, 7-5, 7-5.

Junior Doubles


Second Round

Chung Hyeon and Lee Duck Hee (5), South Korea, def. Matej Maruscak, Slovakia, and Simon Friis Soendergaard, Denmark, 6-3, 6-3.

Johannes Haerteis and Hannes Wagner, Germany, def. Clement Geens, Belgium, and Noah Rubin (7), United States, 6-3, 6-4.

Thanasi Kokkinakis, Australia, and Gianluigi Quinzi (8), Italy, def. Luca Corinteli, United States, and Elias Ymer, Sweden, 3-6, 6-0, 10-6.

Quentin Halys, France, and Frederico Ferreira Silva, Portugal, def. Yoshihito Nishioka, Japan, and Jorge Panta (4), Peru, 4-6, 6-3, 10-2.

Naoki Nakagawa, Japan, and Cameron Norrie, Britain, def. Hong Seong-chan and Kim Young Seok, South Korea, 6-7 (2), 6-4, 10-8.

Kamil Majchrzak, Poland, and Martin Redlicki, United States, def. Taylor Harry Fritz and Anudeep Kodali, United States, 6-4, 7-6 (6).

Maximilian Marterer, Germany, and Lucas Miedler, Austria, def. Jaime Ignacio Galleguillos, Chile, and Tommy Mylnikov, Canada, 6-4, 7-5.

Andrey Rublev, Russia, and Alexander Zverev (6), Germany, def. Rafael Matos and Marcelo Zormann da Silva, Brazil, 5-7, 6-4, 10-8.


Second Round

Elise Mertens, Belgium, and Ipek Soylu (4), Turkey, def. Hsu Ching-wen, Taiwan, and Xu Shilin, China, 3-6, 6-2, 10-3.

Mami Adachi and Hikari Yamamoto, Japan, def. Harriet Dart, Britain, and Jana Fett, Croatia, 6-4, 6-2.

Belinda Bencic, Switzerland, and Sara Sorribes Tormo (3), Spain, def. Marie Bouzkova, Czech Republic, and Kristina Schmiedlova, Slovakia, 6-3, 6-3.

Ana Konjuh, Croatia, and Antonia Lottner (2), Germany, def. Katherine Ip, Hong Kong, and Szabina Szlavikovics, Hungary, 6-2, 6-2.

Mayo Hibi and Ayaka Okuno (8), Japan, def. Veronika Kudermetova and Maria Marfutina, Russia, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 12-10.

Alice Matteucci, Italy, and Nina Stojanovic (7), Serbia, def. Tornado Alicia Black and Peggy Porter, United States, 6-4, 6-1.

Anhelina Kalinina, Ukraine, and Iryna Shymanovich (5), Belarus, def. Katy Dunne, Britain, and Ivana Jorovic, Serbia, 6-2, 3-6, 10-3.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova (1), Czech Republic, def. Sandra Samir, Egypt, and Isabelle Wallace, Britain, 6-2, 7-5.


    NEW YORK — A year ago, Flavia Pennetta was hanging out at her parents' home on Italy's heel, recovering from right wrist surgery, watching the U.S. Open on TV — and wondering how long it would take her to get back on the tennis tour.
    Look at her now.
    Pennetta is a Grand Slam semifinalist for the first time at age 31, and in her 41st major tournament. Unseeded, ranked only 83rd, Pennetta got to the final four at Flushing Meadows with a 6-4, 6-1 victory Wednesday over another Italian, 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci, who happens to be her long-time friend and former doubles partner.
    They know each other's games, and each other's personalities, perfectly. While Pennetta was laid up after her operation last September, they spoke on the phone and sent text messages back and forth.
    "She went through some ugly times," said Vinci, who lost in last year's U.S. Open quarterfinals to yet another Italian, her current doubles partner Sara Errani.
    "But Flavia is strong-headed. She's stubborn," Vinci continued, rapping a wooden table with her right fist. "She's someone who, when she wants something, she wants it all costs, which is the right way to be."
    Back in 2009, Pennetta was the first woman from Italy to be ranked in the top 10. But she was off the tour from August 2012 until February 2013, and dropped down as far as 166th after her comeback began with a 3-7 record.
    Her ranking was still too low last month to get directly into the U.S. Open's main draw, but another player's withdrawal put Pennetta in the field.
    Taking full advantage, Pennetta has won five consecutive matches in straight sets, eliminating four seeded players along the way: No. 4 Errani, No. 21 Simona Halep and No. 27 Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 U.S. Open champion, in addition to Vinci.
    Pennetta, 31, and Vinci, 30, were two of five thirtysomething women among the eight quarterfinalists in New York, tying a Grand Slam record for the Open era, which began in 1968.
    Two of the others play each other in Friday's semifinals: No. 1 Serena Williams and No. 5 Li Na are both 31.

Daniela Hantuchova, 30, was to face second-seeded Victoria Azarenka, a two-time Australian Open winner, on Wednesday night in the last women's quarterfinal. The winner of that match will play Pennetta on Friday.

In the first men's quarterfinal Wednesday, No. 8 Richard Gasquet of France edged No. 5 David Ferrer of Spain 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3. Gasquet reached his first Grand Slam semifinal since making it that far at Wimbledon six years ago. He's also the first Frenchman in the final four at the U.S. Open since Cedric Pioline in 1999.

Gasquet was playing in only the second major quarterfinal of his career, having been 1-15 in fourth-round matches until getting past No. 10 Milos Raonic on Monday, also in five sets. Gasquet is 7-12 in matches that go the distance, a far cry from Ferrer's 19-10 mark.

"Even if I was leading two sets to love, I knew it was David Ferrer. I knew he's a big fighter," Gasquet said. "So I knew it was not over."

But after evening the match at two sets apiece, it was Ferrer who faltered down the stretch. Ferrer, the runner-up to Rafael Nadal at the French Open in July, played a loose game while down 3-2 in the fifth, including a double-fault on break point.

"I played, I believe, very bad in that game," said Ferrer, who had been 8-1 against Gasquet. "I lost, a little bit, my focus in that moment."

Gasquet will now face No. 2 Nadal, a 12-time major champion, or No. 19 Tommy Robredo, who upset Roger Federer in the fourth round. Nadal was to face Robredo in Wednesday night's last match.

Gasquet is 2-2 against Robredo, and 0-10 against Nadal.

"Last time I beat him, I was 13," Gasquet said, referring to a junior match he's seen video of on YouTube. "It was a long time ago."

Pennetta and Vinci have known each other, and played against each other, since they were about 10.

"We spent so much time together," Pennetta said.

She was convinced that relationship influenced the outcome Wednesday. In sum, Pennetta explained, she handled the circumstances better than Vinci, if only barely.

"In the beginning, we didn't play good tennis. I was tight. She was tight," Pennetta said. "When I won the first set, I just (relaxed) a little bit and tried to play better. But the day was tough for both of us."

Truth is, Vinci did not play well, accumulating twice as many unforced errors, 28, as winners, 14.

She stuck to her usual strategy, which involves plenty of rushing the net, but she won only 18 of 34 points when she moved forward.

Vinci is that rare top player in women's tennis who tries to volley frequently.

"This my kind of tennis. I cannot play (a) different style. I'm happy that I'm different," Vinci said, using her fingers to make air quotes as she said the final word.

Later, she explained: "Even if I was making errors, I needed to try to play my game."

Given their long history on and off the court, Pennetta said, "I know how she plays."

A reporter pointed out to Vinci that she is 0-2 in Grand Slam quarterfinals, and both of the losses came at the U.S. Open against Italians she's close to: She and Errani are the defending women's doubles champions in New York, and will face the Williams sisters in this year's quarterfinals.

Vinci was able to laugh at that, at least.

"See? I'm good-hearted," Vinci said. "I let them move on."

When Wednesday's match ended, she and Pennetta met at the net and hugged.

Vinci gave Pennetta a kiss on the cheek and told her, "Brava."