Flavia Pennetta has heaped more pain on Samantha Stosur to end the Australian’s quest for a second US Open crown.
The Italian has been a career-long nemesis of Stosur’s and defeated Australia’s last singles hope 6-4 6-4 on Monday to improve her head-to-head record to 7-0 over the 2011 champion.
Pennetta, seeded 26th, is through to her fifth quarter-final in New York and next plays either Czech fifth seed Petra Kvitova or Sydney-born Brit Johanna Konta on Wednesday for a spot in the last four.
“I’m really happy right now. It was a really tough match. I think it was the best match I played this year,” Pennetta said.
“I think I can play really well against her because she’s like a Spanish player. She plays with a lot of spin.
“I practised a lot in Spain and it’s not too difficult for me to play this type of player.”
Stosur made a confident enough start to the match, holding her opening service game with an ace down the middle.
The 22nd seed garnered her only break-point chances of the match in the second game of the match, but Pennetta saved from 15-40.
The missed opportunity proved telling as Pennetta grabbed the sole break of the first set with a booming backhand return winner in the fifth game.
Stosur played a great game with Pennetta serving for the set at 5-4 but the Italian again hung on to close out the set.
There was also only one service break in the second set, but it again went against Stosur before Pennetta finished the match off after just 78 minutes.
It was the second year in a row Pennetta had ended Australia’s singles hopes at the Open after she bundled out Casey Dellacqua in the round of 16 in 2014.
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