Kerber reaches semis as Vinci tripped up by foot fault

Tue Sep 6, 2016 4:39pm EDT
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By Steve Keating

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Second seed Angelique Kerber was first through to the semi-finals of the U.S. Open on Tuesday when Roberta Vinci was tripped up by a foot fault and tumbled out of the year's final grand slam falling 7-5 6-0.

The match had looked an intriguing one pitting Kerber, who is eyeing Serena Williams's world number one ranking, against the 33-year-old Italian Vinci, who discovered a fountain of youth at Flushing Meadows last year when she reached the finals.

But there would be no return trip for Vinci as a confident Kerber hung tough during a rollercoaster opening set then delivered a devastating knockout punch in the second to reach the U.S. Open semi-finals for the first time since 2011.

"The key of the match was the first set," said Kerber, who can supplant Williams atop the world rankings if the American fails to reach Saturday's final. "I mean, it was really close and tough.

"She's a tough opponent with her slice. I was trying to stay in the match and not thinking that I'm the break down.

"Just going for it."

Three times Vinci would break Kerber in the opening set and three times she would allow the German to immediately break back, including once while serving at 5-4 for the set.

But it would be Kerber claiming the decisive break to win the set when Vinci was called for a foot fault on her second serve before sarcastically applauding the line judge as she walked off the court.   Continued...

Sep 6, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates the win against Roberta Vinci of Italy on day nine of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports