After the Grand Slam breakouts of Francesca Schiavone and Sara Errani, another Italian could be on the verge of a breakthrough in womens tennis. 20th seeded Roberta Vinci reached her first ever Grand Slam quarter final by shocking the no.
2 seed Agnieszka Radwanska 6-1, 6-4 using her slice backhand and attacking net game to unsettle the Polish player. Vinci broke Radwanska in five of her nine service games during the match to complete the win over Radwanska, who now does not have a chance to become world no.
1. "I lost the first four times we played, but today I played an unbelievable match," Vinci told the fans in her post match interview. "The first set was unbelievable and the second set she was getting better, but sometimes you close your eyes and just play, and the balls were going in.
It was just unbelievable for me today." Vinci is a veteran on the tour, currently aged 29 years. She meets good friend and doubles partner Sara Errani next for a pace in the semi finals. Errani leads Vinci in their head-to-head series, 3-2.
"I'm happy to play her - for sure an Italian goes to the semifinals," Vinci commented . "She's my best friend and I'm so happy she won against Angelique today. It has been an unbelievable week and unbelievable tournament for us here."