Originally written on Tennis Grand Stand  |  Last updated 11/7/14

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 20: Flavia Pennetta of Italy plays a forehand in her second round match against Yanina Wickmayer of Belgium during day three of the 2010 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 20, 2010 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
Flavia Pennetta at the Sony Ericsson Open (Neal Trousdale) Flavia Pennetta has been a force on the WTA Tour for over ten years, but she only broke through the top echelons of women’s tennis back in 2009 when she became Italy’s first top 10 singles player in history. I had a chance to chat with the bubbly, pleasant, and smiling Flavia during the Sony Ericsson Open as she shared insights about her unforgettable 2009 U.S. Open match against Vera Zvonareva, dancing, beach volleyball, Monica Seles and Angelina Jolie. What is your most memorable moment on court? U.S. Open against Vera Zvonareva in 2009. Was a really nice match. I won 6-0 in the third set with 7, or 6, match points. Is that the one in which Vera was ripping the tape off her knees? Yes. How was that experience in the moment? It was intense. It was good for me because I won, but not for her. (Laughs) What is the best part of being a tennis player? To have the chance to travel and see different places and meet different pe...
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