August 31, 2016 / 5:27 PM / a year ago

Speedy Vinci races into third round at U.S. Open

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Seventh seed Roberta Vinci will not catch anyone by surprise with a run to the U.S. Open final like she did a year ago but the Italian continued to raise eyebrows on Wednesday with a speedy win over Christina McHale.

Aug 31, 2016; New York, NY, USA; Roberta Vinci of Italy returns a shot to Christina McHale of the United States on day three of the 2016 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Pennetta, who was unseeded last year when she lost in the final to compatriot Flavia Pennetta, has offered early signs that a return trip could be in the offing as she raced into the third round with a 6-1 6-3 win over American McHale.

The straight-forward victory, which Vinci wrapped up in 63 minutes, followed a clinical first round win over Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam that took 68 minutes.

Vinci, 33, will next face either Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva or Germany’s Carina Witthoeft.

Editing by Frank Pingue

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