Vinci first through to U.S. Open quarter-finals

Sun Sep 4, 2016 4:09pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Italian seventh seed Roberta Vinci was first through to the U.S. Open quarter-finals, taming Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 7-6(5) 6-2 on Sunday.

Tsurenko, at number 99 the lowest ranked player to make it through to the last 16, represented a tricky test for last year's U.S. Open runner-up, having knocked off 12th seed Dominika Cibulkova and 21st seed Irina-Camelia Begu to get to the fourth round.

The 27-year-old Ukrainian looked a chance to add another seeded scalp to her Flushing Meadows collection as she forced the first set to a tiebreak before surrendering 7-5.

After a draining 67-minute opening set, Tsurenko had little left in the tank for the second and Vinci quickly stamped her authority on the match by going up a break and cruising to an easy win.

"The tiebreak was a lot of pressure but I said, I have to win this set because I think the key was to win the first set," said Vinci, after reaching the quarter-finals in Flushing Meadows for the fourth time in five years. "I think she was tired at the end.

"I don't know why I'm always playing good here. Maybe the courts, maybe the atmosphere, maybe the crowd.

"Maybe also because this tournament is almost at the end of the season and I always playing good this part of the season.

"I don't know why. Really, I don't know but I love to play here in the States."   Continued...

Sep 4, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Roberta Vinci of Italy celebrates after defeating Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine (not pictured) on day seven of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports