Flavia Pennetta Wins US Open

Flavia Pennetta is the 2015 US Open champion after defeating Roberta Vinci 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the first all–Italian women’s Major singles final on Saturday in New York.  Pennetta  becomes the oldest maiden Grand Slam winner in the open era, aged 32, and only the second Italian woman to win a Major title after Francesca Schiavone won Roland Garros in 2010.  It was a tense start to the match and the turning point seemed to be the 26th seed clinching the first set after a hard-fought deuce battle.

She eased past her countrywoman in the second set, moving well across the court and playing well-placed power shots.  Despite a heroic performance and a brief fightback, Vinci could not stop her longtime friend from making history.  Prior to the start of the match there was a concern about attendance after Vinci shocked the world by defeating Serena Williams in the semi-finals, however a full house was present to see the first final between two Italian women.

Pennetta announced in her post-match interview that this was her final match and would be calling it quits.  And so her final act as a professional tennis player was to lift the US Open trophy.  Not a bad way to go out at all.