Flavia Pennetta claims Grand Slam singles title at the US OpenBy: JR Web Art on: Sep 13, 2015 at: 13:58:51
Flavia Pennetta captured her first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open on Saturday and said she was happy to head into retirement.
The 33-year-old beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 to become the oldest first time women's winner at a major.
She then stunned the 23,000 crowd inside Arthur Ashe Stadium by announcing her retirement, admitting she had made the decision to quit before the tournament began.
Playing in her 11th US Open, Pennetta said she was stunned to have gone so far in the competition. "I'm really happy. I never thought I would get so far and never thought I would be a champion. This is one of my favorite tournaments, I enjoy playing here," she said of an event where she has consistently recorded her best results at the majors.
"It's a dream come true, and it's also nice to play with a friend of mine -- we have known each other since we were nine years old, we spend so much time together. It had been a dramatic US Open for Pennetta who had an earlier match interrupted by a drone crashing into the stadium. World number one Serena Williams, who was knocked out by Vinci in the semi-finals, ending the American's dream of a calendar Grand Slam, tweeted her congratulations to Pennetta who had succeeded her as champion.
" congrats I'm so happy you won. You deserved it. I am also happy for the rest of your life's journey. I will miss your smile," wrote Williams. Vinci, the world number 43 and a year younger than her Fed Cup teammate, was unable to repeat the form that shattered Williams.
Flavia Pennetta of Italy kisses her trophy after defeating compatriot Roberta Vinci during their 2015 US Open Women's singles final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on September 12, 2015 (AFP Photo/Jewel Samad)
Flavia Pennetta of Italy serves to Roberta Vinci of Italy during their US Open 2015 women's single final match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Center, September 12, 2015 in New York (AFP Photo/Kena Betancur)