Finally a Grand Slam Champion, Pennetta Announces Decision To Bow Out

  • Flavia Pennetta won her first Grand Slam singles title beating her childhood friend and once-time doubles partner Roberta Vinci in an improbable all-Italian U.S. Open final, and then added one more shock to a stunning fortnight by announcing her retirement.
  • With the 7-6(4) 6-2 win, the 33-year-old Pennetta becomes the fourth oldest Grand Slam winner in the Open Era and joins 2010 Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone as the only Italian women to win a major singles title.
  • She also became the oldest first-time Grand Slam women’s champion in the Open era. The breakthrough win came in Pennetta’s 49th Grand Slam appearance, the most needed for any women’s major champion, two more than Marion Bartoli who won Wimbledon in 2013.
  • “This is the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis,” she said before hoisting the trophy and accepting the $3.3 million winner’s check. “I’m really happy. It’s what all the players seem to want to do, to go out with this big trophy.

eak and sensing the title was within her grasp, Pennetta broke Vinci at the first opportunity en route to 4-0 lead before clinching the match with a final service break.

  • “We spent so much time together, we moved to Rome together when we were 13-, 14-years-old and stayed in the same room for four years,” said Pennetta. “It is like a sister, it is so magical you have one of your best friends with you in this moment.”
  • Vinci revealed that she hadn’t known of Pennetta’s decision to retire until moments before presentation.
  • “I said to her, ‘congratulation, Well done, enjoy. You played better than me today. Thats it,” said Vinci. “And she said, ‘this is my last match on the U.S. Open, so now I have to speak and tell to everyone that this is my last match.

The results:

  • Women’s singles: Final: Flavia Pennetta bt Roberta Vinci 7-6(4), 6-2.

Men’s doubles: Final: Nicolas Mahut & Pierre-Hugues Herbert (Fra) bt Jamie Murray (GBr) & John Peers (Aus) 6-4, 6-4.

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