Pennetta hot streak continues
Resurgent Flavia Pennetta easily overcame compatriot Roberta Vinci to reach her first-ever grand slam semi-final at the US Open on Wednesday.
The 31-year-old has fallen to 83 in the world rankings after undergoing wrist surgery last season, but produced another excellent performance to cruise through to the last four at Flushing Meadows.
Still to drop a set in the tournament, she preserved that unblemished record with a resounding 6-4 6-1 success on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court.
Having beaten seeds in her previous three rounds (Sara Errani, Svetlana Kuznetsova and Simona Halep), she did so again in some style against Vinci, ousting her tenth-seeded rival in just one hour and five minutes.
Pennetta shaded a hard-fought first set, securing three breaks of serve to Vinci's two as she got her nose in front.
But the second was a much more one-sided affair as she broke her opponent on a further three occasions with Vinci unable to make any inroads her own delivery, failing to register a single break-point.
Pennetta will now face the winner of the last quarter-final between Belarussian second seed Victoria Azarenka and Slovakia's 48th-ranked Daniela Hantuchova later on Wednesday.
Top-ranked defending champion Serena Williams and Chinese fifth seed Li Na will meet in Friday's other semi-final on Arthur Ashe.