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They've even been wearing the same outfits on court, white in doubles and pink in singles. Errani said that wouldn't change Wednesday, either.
"A simple day, just like every other," Vinci insisted.
This will be their sixth match as foes in singles, and Errani leads 3-2.
"There will be tension, the way there always is in any match, the way there was in the first round, the second round, the third round. It's a quarterfinal," Errani said. "Maybe, in theory, we'll actually be a little calmer, because we know one of us moves on in the tournament. One of us will win, one will lose."
Errani and Vinci aren't the only women's doubles team that wound up getting sent to opposite sides of the net in singles at Flushing Meadows this year. Vania King of the U.S. and Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan, the 2010 Wimbledon and U.S. Open doubles champions, met in the first round; Shvedova won in straight sets, and both nearly cried afterward.
"Our friendship is more valuable than a tennis match, even if it is a quarterfinal or semifinal at a Slam," Errani said.
Then, using a mock-serious voice, she added: "But tomorrow, I hope to not lose a friend."
And with that, Errani and Vinci both dissolved into laughter.
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