Former US Open finalist Roberta Vinci eliminated on opening day of Biel Ladies Open

Former U.S. Open finalist Roberta Vinci lost on the opening day of the first Biel Ladies Open on Monday. The fourth-seeded Italian, now ranked No. 35 in the WTA rankings, lost to 58th-ranked Kristyna Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4. Their match was the main draw on the 2,500-capacity show court at Swiss Arena as the indoor hard-court event made its debut on the WTA Tour....
Via Excelle Sports
12 days ago

Roberta Vinci decides to play at least 1 more year

ROME (AP) Roberta Vinci, the 2015 U.S. Open runner-up, has decided to play at least one more year of professional tennis. Contemplating retirement after losing both of her matches in straight sets at the Elite Trophy tournament this month, the 33-year-old Vinci issued a statement Monday revealing her decision. The 18th-ranked Vinci says ''I still feel like I have the desire and...
Via Associated Press
November 21, 2016  |  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 said. “This...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

WATCH: Network ran ad for Serena in US Open Final

Serena Williams’ quest for a grand slam came to a crashing halt in the semifinals of the US Open, just two victories short of history.  The stunning loss to unseeded Roberta Vinci is being called one of the great upsets in the history of tennis, maybe even sports.   Just how shocking was it? At least one network was still running commercials advertising Williams in the final...
Via Awful Announcing
September 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Roberta Vinci booked flight when she learned she would face Serena

How convinced was Roberta Vinci that she stood very little chance of beating Serena Williams in the semifinals of the US Open? She says she called her travel agent to book a flight home based on her expectation that she would lose to Williams. Vinci spoke with the media after her three-set win over Williams in the semis and shared the tidbit about her travel plans. Here is a transcription...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Veni, Vidi, Vinci: Serena is conquered in an all-time sports upset

On the sprawling canvas of life itself, one day blends into the next. We get up, we work, we aspire, we do what we need to do. We enjoy — if we’re lucky — some escapist evening entertainment in a comfortable room with ample food and drink. We might find a few hours per week in which to volunteer for an important cause. We might go out for a nature walk or a weekend camping...
Via Attacking The Net
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Roberta Vinci demands fan support after winning point (Video)

Roberta Vinci acted differently than most players when facing Serena Williams. Rather than back down or be intimidated by Williams’ hard shots, body language, and yelling, Vinci responded. The Italian tennis player upset Williams in the semifinals at the US Open Friday in three sets and played fearless. Knowing the crowd was against her — to the point that she actually apologized...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Vinci apologizes to US Open fans for upsetting Serena

Roberta Vinci actually had to apologize for the best moment of her life. The Italian tennis player upset Serena Williams in the semifinals of the US Open Friday 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 to end Williams’ bid to win the grand slam, and she called it the best moment of her life. She also apologized to the fans for pulling off the win, knowing full well that they were supporting Williams and...
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 11, 2015  |  Discuss

U.S. Open: At 32, Vinci reaches first career Grand Slam semifinal

Roberta Vinci has reached her first Grand Slam semifinal at age 32. The 43rd-ranked Italian outlasted Kristina Mladenovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 at the U.S. Open on Tuesday. The 22-year-old Mladenovic, who had never been past the third round at a major before this tournament, struggled with cramping on a steamy afternoon. Her fourth-round singles match didn't end until 1 a.m. Monday, then...
Via Associated Press
September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Croatian teen Konjuh stuns No. 1 seed Vinci in ASB Classic

Only four days after her 16th birthday and in her first match at WTA level, Croatia's Ana Konjuh pulled off a major upset by beating top-seeded Roberta Vinci 3-6, 6-4, 6-2 on Tuesday in the opening round of the ASB Classic. Konjuh, who won the Australian Open and US Open junior singles titles in 2013, finished stronger than Italy's Vinci who is ranked 14; 245 places ahead of her...
Via Associated Press
December 31, 2013  |  Discuss

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