|Serena Williams reacts after beating Sloane Stephens, on Sunday
New York: Roberta Vinci beat her opponent and the rain to storm into the quarter finals of the US Open on Monday just before a thunderstorm forced play to be suspended.
Vinci needed just over an hour to defeat fellow Italian Camila Giorgi 6-4, 6-2 and reach the last eight at Flushing Meadows for the second year in a row. On Sunday, Serena Williams beat Sloane Stephens 6-4, 6-1.
The Vinci-Giorgi match finished just minutes before the arrival of heavy showers that forced play to be halted on all the courts.
When the rain came, Slovakia’s Daniela Hantuchova was closing in on her first quarter final appearance at the US Open in more than a decade, leading American wildcard Alison Riske 6-3, 4-4 at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Romania’s Simona Halep, one of the hottest players on tour with four WTA titles since June, was just one point away from levelling her match with Flavia Pennetta at Louis Armstrong Stadium.
Halep lost the opening set 2-6 and fell 2-4 behind in the second before reeling off three games in a row and reaching set point on her own serve.
Better known as a doubles player, Vinci made light work of her match with Giorgi, who had come through the qualifiers just to get into the main draw.
Giorgi upset former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki to reach the fourth round but was outgunned by the more experienced Vinci, who is ranked No. 1 in the world in doubles and is defending her US Open doubles title she won last year with Sara Errani.
On Sunday, Serena Williams easily won her eagerly-awaited clash with Sloane Stephens.
Serena was one of four US Open champions who won on Sunday, sending a clear message to the next generation of rising stars that they will have to wait their turn.
The 31-year-old avenged her loss to Stephens at the Australian Open with an emphatic 6-4, 6-1 victory to keep her title defence on course.
“It’s definitely difficult, especially playing people that you like, that you always want to see do well,” Serena said.
“But you have to go out there and kind of put that to the side and realise, I want to do well myself and take every point as it comes.” Djokovic was even more ruthless in his centre court night match against Portugal’s Joao Sousa, cruising to a 6-0, 6-2, 6-2 win.
Meanwhile, Rohan Bopanna’s campaign ended after the Indian and his French partner Edourad Roger-Vasselin suffered a 4-6, 4-6 defeat at the hands of Great Britain's Colin Fleming and Jonathan Marray in doubles third round. The sixth-seeded Indo-French combination was stunned by Fleming and Marray, seeded 12th, in a contest lasting 81 minutes.
Bopanna and Roger-Vasselin could convert just one out of six break points they got to go down tamely against the lower-ranked opponents.
They could also win just 58 points in total as compared to 73 won by the British duo. (agencies)