Originally posted on FOX Sports  |  Last updated 9/4/13
A version of this story moved earlier as TEN--US Open. With AP Photos. By HOWARD FENDRICH AP Tennis Writer A year ago, Flavia Pennetta was hanging out at her parents' home on Italy's heel, recovering from right wrist surgery, watching the U.S. Open on TV - and wondering how long it would take her to get back on the tennis tour. Look at her now. Pennetta is a Grand Slam semifinalist for the first time at age 31, and in her 41st major tournament. Unseeded, ranked only 83rd, Pennetta got to the final four at Flushing Meadows with a 6-4, 6-1 victory Wednesday over another Italian, 10th-seeded Roberta Vinci, who happens to be her long-time friend and former doubles partner. They know each other's games, and each other's personalities, perfectly. While Pennetta was laid up after her operation last September, they spoke on the phone and sent text messages back and forth. ''She went through some ugly times,'' said Vinci, who lost in last year's U.S. Open quarterfinals to yet another Ita...
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