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A reporter pointed out to Vinci that she is 0-2 in Grand Slam quarterfinals, and both of the losses came at the U.S. Open against Italians she’s close to: She and Errani are the defending women’s doubles champions in New York, and will face the Williams sisters in this year’s quarterfinals.

Vinci was able to laugh at that, at least.

“See? I’m good-hearted,” Vinci said. “I let them move on.”

When Wednesday’s match ended, she and Pennetta met at the net and hugged.

Vinci gave Pennetta a kiss on the cheek and told her, “Brava.”