Flavia Pennetta wins US Open, retires
Flavia Pennetta has won her first ever gland slam title after she defeated Roberta Vinci in the final of the US Open
In the all Italian final, it was Pennetta who took the initiative with a 7-6 (4), 6-2 victory.
Pennetta decided about a month ago she would be retiring after this season, and this would be her last appearance at Flushing Meadows.
“This is how I say goodbye to tennis,” Pennetta said as her fiance, tennis player Fabio Fognini, captured the scene with his phone’s camera. “I couldn’t think to finish in a better way.”
Later, Pennetta clarified that she plans to enter two tournaments in China over the next month, and the season-ending WTA Finals in Singapore, if she qualifies.
“Why? Because sometimes it’s getting hard for me to compete. … If you don’t fight every week in the same way I did today, it’s going to be, like bad. … And I don’t have … this power anymore, sometimes,” Pennetta explained. “I mean, with this – winning today – my life is perfect.
Roberta Vinci claimed that the was affected by the exhaustion from her glorious defeat of Serena Williams.
“This morning, I woke up and thought, ‘What did I do yesterday?!’ I swear to God,” Vinci said, resting her cheek on her left hand.
Vinci charmed the crowd after beating Williams and again after losing to Pennetta, saying she wanted the champion’s trophy, not the one for the runner-up, then pretending to steal the $3.3 million check.
“We know each other since forever,” Pennetta said. “We spend so much time together, we could write a book about our lives.”