Pennetta captures first Grand Slam title and quits
An Italian professional Tennis player Flavia Pennetta won her maiden Grand Slam singles title yesterday at US Open women’s final. She defeated Robert Vinci 7-6 (7/4), 6-2, then quickly retired.
Pennetta, 33 year old become the oldest first time women’s Grand Slam winner after defeating her childhood friend in the finals. She announced her retirement at the presentation ceremony. She said that she wanted to quit Tennis before this major tournament began.
“I decided that this is the way I would say goodbye to tennis. This is my last US Open and I couldn’t think of finishing in a better way.”
She was stunned by her performance; the way she performed in this tournament was amazing.
“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’s tough to play against one player you know from a long time,” Vinci said. “Was tough today but I tried to do my best. Flavia played unbelievable today. Great match.”
@flavia_pennetta 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
— Serena Williams (@serenawilliams) September 12, 2015
The only other Italian woman to win a major singles title was Francesca Schiavone, who captured the 2010 French Open and set the former oldest first-timer age mark at 29. Pennetta took the cash prize of $3.3 million (2.9 million euros), while the runner-up Vinci received $1.6 million.
On the other hand Vinci shocked everyone by defeating top ranked Tennis player and the defending champion of this title Serena Williams in the semi-final. While Pennetta beats Romanian player Simona Halep.
The only other Italian woman to win a major singles title was Francesca Schiavone, who captured the 2010 French Open and set the former oldest first-timer age mark at 29.