SHOCK! Serena’s Chase For History Is Over, Vinci Will Play Pennetta In US Open Final
by Staff | September 12th, 2015, 12:40 am

That’s why they play the games. Both top seeds Serena Williams and Simona Halep with big favorites today as they collided with the surprising Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta in the US Open semifinals.

Halep, who was playing in her first US Open semifinal, was up first, but after a slow, flat-footed start found herself promptly down 6-1.

The world No. 2 regrouped in the second racing out to a 3-0 lead, and a third set was in play. But Pennetta somehow regained momentum and

“It’s amazing, because 20 days ago my physio asked me if I thought I could ever win a Grand Slam or be in the final of a Grand Slam, and I said no,” Pennetta said.

“I think my answer was no for a lot of reasons, but like always, you never know. You just have to play and try your best, and most of the time the good things come when you aren’t expecting them.”

Halep falls to 1-4 against the Italian and took the positives despite her worst performance of the tournament and failing to reach a Slam final on the season.

“Of course I take positive things. I’m happy with my results here. I’m happy that I could reach the semifinals at the US Open for the first time – it’s the best Grand Slam for me this year,” Halep said.

“She played really well. She was strong. She was solid today. She deserved to win – she was better than me today. So I accept it, and I’m looking forward to resting a few days and then starting again.”

After the upset, top seed Serena Williams would surely restore order. The world No. 1 had never been troubled by Vinci and with a Calendar Year Grand Slam at stake, she wouldn’t lose now, would she? But she did 2-6, 6-4, 6-4.

After rolling in the first set, Vinci began making inroads in the second, slicing and dicing Serena, keeping her off balance and attacking the net – she’s a 5-time Grand Slam doubles champion.

In four prior meetings, Vinci had never won more than four games against Serena, but she managed to get a break and close out the second.

Serena, though, drew first blood early – she was 18-1 in 3-set match on the year – leading 2-0. Vinci, though, kept scrapping, regaining the break, then taking the lead and improbably serving out at love one of the biggest upsets in tennis history.

“For me it’s an amazing moment. It’s incredible,” said Vinci. I have so many things in my mind right now! It was an incredible match. I lost the first set, but I still tried to stay aggressive. In the end I was serving and it felt impossible, but I tried to stay focused and not think about the match or Serena’s incredible play.

“It’s the best moment of my life.”

About to be 34, Serena knew this was a missed opportunity at history and at tying Steffi Graf at 22.

“I don’t think I played that badly,” Williams said in her post-match press conference.

“I made more unforced errors than I normally would make, but I think she just played really well,” she added. “She did not want to lose today. Neither did I, incidentally – but she really didn’t either.

“I felt very happy to get that win at Wimbledon, you know,” Serena said. “I did win three Grand Slams this year – I won four in a row, which is pretty good. So it’s definitely the positive.”

Serena’s 26 match win streak at the US Open is over and so to his her 33 match Grand Slam win streak.

Vinci and Pennetta will contest the first-ever all-Italian final in the Open Era. Pennetta has won five of their eight meetings. It’s the first Grand Slam final between two first-time Slam finalists since the 2010 French Open when Italian Francesca Schiavone beat Sam Stosur.

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42 Comments for SHOCK! Serena’s Chase For History Is Over, Vinci Will Play Pennetta In US Open Final

Jeez Says:

Breakthrough In WTA ???

Domination(won last 4 Majors) of current world no:1 @33yrs 11 months 16days

broken by 1st time semifinalist(in singles, but 5time doubles champion) Roberta Vinci younger @ 32yrs 6months 24 days!!!

to meet fellow Italian Flavia Penneta(2011 AUS doubles)@ young 33yrs 6 months 19 days


PHEW !!!

WTA is sure getting more COMPETITIVE these days!!

Not to be undone ATP has no:2 @ 34 yrs 1 month 3 daysinto his 6th US Open final(after 6yrs,on 11 match winning streak,28 sets unbroken ) to face no:1 Djokovic(4th slam final of the yr)for 6th final of 2015,3rd Slam(3/8 in 2yrs)@ 28yrs 3months 20days(28<30 surely youngestof the lot>




Armend V Says:

Sad to see Serena lose, but she will get the GOAT anyway. Next year she will win at least 2 more, 3 is a possibility.

Wog Boy Says:

So happy for Vinci and what an arrogant, intimidating drama queen Serena is!

jalan Says:

Wog Boy, I agree whole heatedly. I get annoyed watching Serena’s matches, and listening to the constant barrage of “come on”s. I can only guess she lacks the faith to do all her talking with her racket, and so the yelling might have some intimidation plan behind it to give her a bit of extra leverage. And it seems to work. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen an opponent “hand” the match to Serena through chocking, etc. when Serena wasn’t playing well enough to win.

Markus Says:

WTA competitive!? Big joke.

jane Says:

glad to see the stadium is packed and the crowd seem into watching. fabio is there cheering on flavia. :)

jane Says:

pennetta strikes first, after a very long game on vinci’s serve. variety tennis on display.

jane Says:

wow, beautiful footwork and down the line backhand winner from pennetta!

jane Says:

these 2 have interesting contrasting styles. pennetta is hitting with more power, more backhands; vinci, to fight, needs to come forward and go after forehand winners. fun to watch so far!

jane Says:

is anyone watching? this is a good match. 5 all set one.

Ahfi Says:

Jane, LOL. I was laughing at your question – if anyone is watching. Since you say it is a good match, I will watch when I get to the gym. Hopefully, one of the TVs will be free for tennis. Enjoy it, Jane.

jane Says:

^ :) hopefully the quality is as good as set 1 ahfi.

flavia just won set 1 in a tight tiebreak.

J-Kath Says:

Jane – Is the last night of the Proms. here in the UK – possibly explains what seems like lack of interest…though scoreboard around – both these ladies deserve more – however, they’ve got their Italian President there to watch – nice touch.

jane Says:

yes, a nice touch indeed.
much more one-sided second set. pennetta’s in total control.
flavia just a couple of games away from winning the US open!

jalep Says:

I couldn’t wake up.

Hate seeing either one lose!

jane Says:

1 point away… rains coming. fabio just ran out of his seat. MATCH POINT!

jalep Says:

Fabio is there :D


jane Says:

SHE DID IT! Falvia, awwwwwwww!
Climbing the wall. Kiss from Fabio.

jalep Says:

Gosh, I love them – Fabio and Falvia

Roberta Vinci too :D

Please show the entire ceremony ESPN…

jalep Says:

1st time ever US Open Italian champs!!

Wog Boy Says:

Now Fabio can say that he is dating GS winner, agh those Italians:) Flavia is the one very sexy lady …and good tennis player too.. Congrats to Flavia…and Fabio.

Wog Boy Says:

“SHE DID IT! Falvia, awwwwwwww!”

jane, are you trying to compete with Daniel in spelling mistakes (Falvia:)), nobody can beat Daniel, not even me..
Huge Congrats to Vinci for making the final, classy lady from La Puglia region, same as Flavia.

jane Says:

OMG, flavia just retired?

jalep Says:

Wonderful. Flavia announces she is now happily done with tennis…Best wishes to her and Fabs!!

jane Says:

italians – so dramatic. what a ceremony! full of tears and laughs and revelations. wow.

skeezer Says:

That was the best Tennis trophy presentation of ever. These two Italian ladies were cute, funny, witty, and entertaining. Won me over for sure(loved how Vinci tried to claim the trophy, “I played good, no?”), lol. Congrats to both.

jane Says:

i agree jalep: what a high to go out on. slam champ. 3+ million dollar cheque. one of her best friends beside her. gorgeous fiancé watching in the stands. kudos to her!

wog boy, ugh. should’ve been more careful with the spelling ha ha.

jalep Says:

Great Day for Italy!
Fabio Aru, 25 yrs old, will have his 1st Vuelta a Espana Grand Tour Trophy tomorrow too.

skeezer Says:

Good year for Italian tennis, both male and female 👍

Wog Boy Says:

jalep, good to hear about Aru, did’t he have a pretty nasty fall during the race few days ago?

jalep Says:

Wog Boy, I’ve got all the mountain stages recorded because have not had time to watch but I know Aru lost the lead on the time trial day but he and his team fought hard to win – especially the last mountain stage which was today.

Will have to get caught up on my days off.

Anyone else hear about Fognini being sick? What was that?

chris ford1 Says:

Huge feel good moment for a woman that just about everyone can feel happy for. And Vinci.

Pennetta is the one that after all her injuries, at 33, wrapping up a career….struck gold when no one including herself believed she had a realistic chance of getting one big final trophy. Attractive, intelligent, great personality, quite popular with other players. The Andrea Petkovic of Italy. (Who I also hope magic happens to like Bartoli, Schiavone, Ivanovic, now Pennetta).

Roberta Vinci gets tennis immortality from one match. Where as a 300-1 underdog, she beat “The Queen”, as her worshippers call Serena. Not even Soderling had those low odds. She doesn’t win, but has almost equal glory to Flavia’s.

This USO Final worked out far better than a bland, undramatic coronation of “The Queen” Final, and the usual blather about her amazing records and GOATITUDE.

jalep Says:

Such a great story, jane :D
She decides this will retire, doesn’t tell her coach, wins US Open, announces retirement during the ceremony, gets to celebrate with Fabio who flew back for the match… ah, such romance.

Wog Boy Says:

jalep, I was following sport events only with one eye last couple of days, was packing up and finishing my home away from home European trip, but I remember seeing big pile up and Aru taking a nasty fall, but yet he continued racing after MTO.

andrea Says:

that is a crazy denouement to the whole women’s side of the tourney….she’s pulling a bartoli.

love it!

and the racquet throw on match point was epic.

jane Says:

total romance jalep. <3 :D

and i rather agree with chris everet. i love the spirit in which the match was played – no screaming or whatever – and the tennis on display: so much variety!

and then the ceremony.

just a wonderful afternoon in tennis.

jalep Says:

Flavia didn’t say a word about Fabio or their engagement in the whole ESPN desk interview. She says she doesn’t know what she will do. Professional and all class Flavia. But hope to see her at the tournaments Fabio plays.

chris ford1 Says:

From a commenter at another tennis blog:

“3 Italian trophies:

Champion = Pannetta

Runner up = Vinci

Rafa’s testicles = Fognini”

Now, I like Rafa but I found that crack funny. It happens, even to Rafa, though rarely – An Epic Choke. For a time Uncle Toni was saying the only player Rafa feared was Djokovic. Backed up by Rafa, who called Novak “a nightmare to play”. Now Rafa has a second player he knows can be a Clay GOAT killer..Fabio Fognini.

Markus Says:

High 5 to CF1’s last paragraph @5:33 PM. Those TV commentators would have been falling all over each other patting their backs on how spot on they were with all the hype they created had Serena won. Congratulations to Penneta and thank you, Vinci!

WTF Says:

Is this the first time Serena has lost a GS match after winning the first set?

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