Pennetta returns to quarters with win over Dellacqua

Mon Sep 1, 2014 1:03pm EDT
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By Simon Cambers

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Flavia Pennetta reached the U.S. Open quarter-finals for the fifth time in seven years on Monday, beating Australian Casey Dellacqua 7-5 6-2.

A semi-finalist 12 months ago, the Italian was two points away from losing the opening set, then ran away with the second to set up a clash with top seed Serena Williams or Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.

Having led by an early break, the 32-year-old Pennetta rallied from 4-5, 15-30 to win the first set against the number 29 seed.

Growing in confidence, Pennetta showed deft touch with a series of drop shots and eased to victory in one hour, 20 minutes.

(Reporting by Simon Cambers, editing by Gene Cherry)

Sept 1, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Flavia Pennetta (ITA) reacts after defeating Casey Dellacqua (AUS) on day eight of the 2014 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports