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Pennetta struggles in 1st match since US Open victory

BEIJING (AP) U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta struggled in her first match since winning her maiden Grand Slam, needing nearly 2 1/2 hours to beat Chinese wild card Han Xinyun 7-5, 4-6, 6-4 in the first round of the China Open on Sunday. Han broke the third-seeded Pennetta early in the third set to take a 2-0 lead, but the Italian rallied to win six of the next eight games to...
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9 days ago  |  Discuss

Does anything stand in Serena Williams' path to history?

Even without the grand slam sweep, Serena Williams' three titles in 2015 have left her in a great position for the coming years. Williams currently has 21 grand slam singles titles, with only Steffi Graf (22) and Margaret Court (24) ahead of her for most grand slam singles titles in the history of women's tennis.  Williams has the chance to pass both of them next year if she is...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

US Open champion Pennetta backs Rome to host 2024 Olympics

MILAN (AP) Newly crowned U.S. Open champion Flavia Pennetta is backing Rome's bid to host the 2024 Olympics. Pennetta says ''after this great year for me in 2015, now it's the time for Rome.'' Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci in New York on Saturday to claim her first Grand Slam title and immediately announced her retirement. The 33-year-old Pennetta says ''I think Italy...
Via AP on Fox
26 days ago  |  Discuss

Retired Pennetta reaches career high in rankings after U.S. Open win

  The two Italian women who met in the surprising U.S. Open final, champion Flavia Pennetta and runner-up Roberta Vinci, have made big jumps in the WTA rankings. Pennetta rose 18 spots to a career-best No. 8 on Monday, two days after beating Vinci to become, at 33, the oldest first-time Grand Slam champion. Vinci, who stunned Serena Williams in the semifinals, went from 43rd to...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

WATCH: Flavia Pennetta announces retirement after winning US Open

    Flavia Pennetta is leaving her sport the way most athletes aspire to: as a champion. The 33-year-old Italian tennis player defeated countrywoman and friend Roberta Vinci in the finals of the US Open Saturday 7-6, 6-2 and announced in her postmatch interview that she would be retiring. “It’s what every player wants to do — go out with this kind of trophy,” she...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Flavia Pennetta Wins U.S. Open Women’s Singles Final Vs. Roberta Vinci

NEW YORK — To win the U.S. Open for her first Grand Slam title at age 33, Flavia Pennetta did not have to beat Serena Williams. Instead, Pennetta needed to get past the woman who ended Williams’ Grand Slam bid, Roberta Vinci. And Pennetta did just that, pulling away in a matchup between a pair of Italians who were opponents and doubles partners as kids. In one of the unlikeliest...
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Flavia Pennetta announces retirement after her U.S. Open win

Flavia Pennetta dropped another big piece of news as she accepted her trophy as the first-ever Italian to win the U.S. Open.  "This is the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis," Pennetta, 33, announced during her celebration ceremony with Robin Roberts. The 26-seed revealed she had been thinking about this for the last month.  "I couldn't finish a better way," said Pennetta...
Via Fox Sports
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Italy’s cup overflows on Flavia Pennetta’s big day

Italy is a nation known for a number of things, vineyards being near the top of the list. Italian tennis has featured four industrious professionals in the 21st century, all of them players who have been able to reach a major-tournament singles final. In 2012, Sara Errani reached the French Open final. This Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Open, Roberta Vinci — who will be remembered...
Via Attacking The Net
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Martina Hingis says ‘Someone’s smoking some heavy s**t’ at U.S. Open (video)

Martina Hingis may have retired from the women’s singles circuit in 2007, but she still can be spotted from time to time at events competing on the doubles side. That’s where Hingis could be found on Monday, playing with partner Flavia Pennetta against Jarmila Gajdosova and Ajla Tomljanovic at the U.S. Open. During the duo’s […] The post Martina Hingis says ‘Someone’s...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
September 02, 2014  |  Discuss

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