Flavia Pennetta Wins The US Open, Announces Retirement
by Staff | September 12th, 2015, 10:00 pm
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In arguably the most surprising final on the Open Era for a women’s Grand Slam, Flavia Pennetta beat Roberta Vinci 7-6, 6-2 to win her first US Open, and it turned out to be her final Grand Slam event.

The 33-year-old Pennetta who, like her countrywoman Vinci, was appearing in her first career Grand Slam final, announced during the trophy presentation that this was her last match at a Grand Slam. What a way to go out.

“I’m really happy right now,” Pennetta said. “I have to say, before this tournament I never thought I’d be so far. I never thought I’d be the champion. It’s amazing when big surprises like this happen.

“It’s a dream come true. When I was young, I was always thinking to be No.1 and win a Grand Slam. I also wanted to win Rome, but a Grand Slam is maybe a little better! But it’s a dream come true. It’s also nice to play with a friend of mine. Roberta played unbelievable. She had an incredible week.

“There’s one more thing I’d like to say – it’s the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis.”

Pennetta said she’d been contemplating the retirement, but she will play through the end of the season.

“Before I started this tournament, one month ago, I made a big decision in my life. And this is why I would like to say goodbye to tennis,” she said t. “I’m really happy. It’s what all players want to do, go home with one of these big trophies. So this one was my last match at the US Open and I couldn’t think to finish a better way. I want to thank everyone who supported me during my career. All my coaches, my family, who aren’t here, but they’re going to be proud of me. I love you guys.:

Vinci has pulled the shock upset of the year, and one of the biggest in history, beating heavy favorite Serena Williams Friday.

“I was tired,” Vinci said. “I was tired especially the first set. I think she played better. She was more solid than me and she play much better backhand, long line, and she served better than me today. She play better, yeah.

“I think it’s an incredible moment for all Italian people. So now when I come back at home, I can realize what we made, because now for me not is normal, no. But I’m in New York, okay, I’m in the hotel, just have fun, but I would like to come back and try to understood what I did.”

Pennetta has beaten Vinci in six of their 10 meetings.

Pennetta, 33, and Vinci, 32, were the two oldest player to ever contests a Grand Slam final for the first time. Pennetta was also playing in her 49th career Grand Slam final. She also wins $3,300,000, her biggest career win.

Pennetta joins Martin Bartoli as recent Grand Slam winners to hang it up after their win.

She was watched in the crowd by her fiancee Fabio Fongini. The two will wed next year.


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12 Comments for Flavia Pennetta Wins The US Open, Announces Retirement

WTF Says:

When is she retiring?


Colin Says:

@WTF:
She’s told you – at the end of the season.

@ Staff:
Who’s this Martin Bartoli?


Tennisfan Says:

Congrats to Penetta! A well-deserved winner! Her and Fognini are so cute. It’s nice that he won AO doubles this year and she took the USO crown.


Margot Says:

What a lovely picture of Fab Fog? Was there a tennis match on or something?
Only joshing…the first set was very competitive, the second not so much.
Well played Flavia and what a glorious moment to end your career on.


danica Says:

“Pennetta was also playing in her 49th career Grand Slam final.”
Wow, not even Fedole can boast such number :)))

Well done Flavia, hearty congrats!


calmdownplease Says:

Get in there Flavia!
Way to end a career on a Bartoli-High like moment.
Except well, she’s quite hot and Bartoli…
less so..
Sorry M I was possessed by the ghost of Inverdale for a second!
Serena clearly bottled it in front of history but it was a nice comment from her too..


chris ford1 Says:

CDP- Bartoli is changed since being the “round mound of rebound” as a player. Looks like she lost 15 pounds and is not too shabby looking at all – and add in she is personality plus!
While there are many women players that want to look perfect for endorsement sake and thus play in makeup, spray on tan, keep themselves fashion model slim etc. – other players do not fall into this mindset.
An example, besides Bartoli, and Monica Seles for that matter, is Pennetta. She looks rather severe on court with her hair tightly pulled back and wearing her game face. Then emerges as this beautiful, wonderfully engaging young lady in her post Finals presser. Yes, Flavia Pennetta is quite hot.
For that matter, Roberta Vinci is also pretty engaging and nice looking when the competition ends. Not an absolute beauty, but huge smile, quintessential Italian gestures, and crazy eyes. Karin Knapp is also hot (in a BBW blonde Germanic Tyrolean way) and Camila Giorgi is smoking hot.
And in person, off court, curveless gym rat and sorta macho acting Francesca Schiavone is really sweet and very charismatic.

Only current Italian female player that does nothing for me is Sara Errani.
Flavia is tops in that bunch, though…for me anyways.


Humble Rafa Says:

The editor is on vacation?


Gypsy Gal Says:

Oh Flavia,if you were not so nice i would hate you for winning a GS and then snuggling up to the gorgeous Fabio,indeed some people do have it all LOL,but your a beautiful girl so i could never hate you and you deserve your success,personally im gutted your retiring,but what a way to go out,and congrats on your engagement and i hope you will both be very happy together,also congrats to Roberta love her too and comiserations,and a refreshing change to have a final with two going for their first GS,rather than the usual Serena show(sorry Okie if your reading)or two shreiking blondes,hooray for tennis….


Gypsy Gal Says:

CDP Bartoli is also a beautiful looking girl,not all women are naturally thin you know?….


Gypsy Gal Says:

Watching highlights of the womens final,love the presentation,and the embrace between Flavia and Roberta,bless you girls,so proud of you both ;)….


RZ Says:

Brava Flavia! Nice way to retire.

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