Italian tennis fans can count on a celebration almost every day at the U.S. Open.
The women from Italy have, once again, infiltrated a Grand Slam draw, and for the second straight year, at least one is guaranteed a spot in the semifinals at Flushing Meadows.
Flavia Pennetta defeated Simona Halep 6-2, 7-6 (3) on Monday to set up an all-Italian quarterfinal against her friend, 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci, who beat - who else? - Italian Camilia Giorgi in another fourth-round match.
''It's going to be nice for us because one of us is going to have the chance to be in the semifinal,'' Pennetta said. ''In the other way, it's always not easy to play with your friend.''
Nobody's dealing with that feeling more these days than Vinci. Her match against Pennetta, a showdown between 30-somethings who have known each other since they were 8, will be her third straight match against another Italian.
Pennetta, meanwhile, knocked out fourth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy in the second round.