Flushing Meadows, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Frenchman Richard Gasquet made it to the US Open semifinal for the first time after ousting world No. 4 David Ferrer of Spain, 6-3, 6-1, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, Wednesday at Arthur Ashe Stadium.
“For sure it was a big match for me. It is wonderful for me,” said Gasquet, who hit 52 winners compared to Ferrer’s 40 to end the match in three hours and 23 minutes.
Gasquet became just the second Frenchman in the Open Era to reach the semifinal at Flushing Meadows and will hope to emulate Cedric Pioline’s feat of reaching the 1993 final.
The Frenchman will look to reach his first Grand Slam final when he faces the winner between second seed Rafael Nadal or 19th seed Tommy Robredo.
Meanwhile, unseeded Flavia Pennetta advanced to her first career Grand Slam semifinal with a 6-4, 6-1 upset victory over fellow Italian and 10th seed Roberta Vinci.
The 31-year-old Pennetta struck 23 winners to 17 unforced errors and converted six of 12 break-point chances to end the match in one hour and five minutes and arrange a semifinal clash with Victoria Azarenka, who beat Daniela Hantuchova, 6-2, 6-3.
“It’s not easy to play one of your best friends on tour, but this is life,” said Pennetta. “She gives you a different ball. It was very difficult, but I tried to play aggressive tennis and everything was working.”
On her way to the semifinal, Pennetta took out a slew of seeds – fourth seed Sara Errani, 27th seed and former US Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, and 21st seed Simona Halep.
Pennetta, who is projected to move into the Top 40 with the victory, and Vinci are longtime Fed Cup teammates and former roommates who grew up not far from one another in Southern Italy.
Vinci, who was playing her third straight Italian, finished with 28 unforced errors and capitalized on only two of her five break-point chances.
“It was a special day for us, a great chance to go to the semifinals,” Vinci said. “This time Flavia won, but I think that I’m happy too, about the way I’m playing and this whole tournament, of course.