Arguably the most shocking and unpredicted finals matchup in women’s tennis history occurred in the US Open just last week on Saturday with Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci ready to go head to head. Pennetta and Vinci, both from Italy, commenced their first finals match late in their career, both in their thirties. Pennetta, No. 26 seed, beat No. 2 seed, Simona Halep in the semifinals order to advance, and much more surprisingly, Vinci, unseeded, beat World No. 1, Serena Williams to also advance in the tournament. Both overcame huge obstacles and stronger opponents the deeper they got into the tournament.
Among many in the stands included noteworthy celebrities and famous faces like Queen Latifa and also the Prime Minister of Italy. With warm ups and pre-game delight, the match underwent strongly in both Italian’s favors. They were very closely matched forcing a tiebreaker in the first set itself. It was in the tiebreaker that Pennetta took hold and trampled over Vinci with a score of 7-4. After the first set, Pennetta took a strong hold and lead by staying true to her style of play and began an onslaught of shots both having consistency and placement. While she made Vinci run around the court like a ball boy, Vinci also threw in some of her trademark returns, fooling Pennetta more than just a few times with perfectly timed and placed drop shots. Vinci started her own run late in the second set when she was already losing 4-1. Vinci won the next game, but after that, Pennetta seized the hold and won the second set with a score of 6-2.
If the game wasn’t already electric and noteworthy, the award ceremony would have made it sealed and done as one of the most memorable moments and finals match in US Open history. Both, Pennetta and Vinci were both hugs and kisses after the match, neither of them angry or upset with each other. In both players’ speeches, they reminisced how they played with each other in their teens for a long time and how they both have been really good friends ever since. Jokingly, Vinci pretended to take Pennetta’s winnings of 3.3 million dollars away from her. It was as if Vinci had won with Penneta making it feel like no one lost.
In the end Vinci opened gasping mouths and kept them open as she recalled a month before the US Open she was deciding to retire and said in full, “ This is the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis… It’s what all the players think to want to do, going out with this kind of big trophy home… And so this one was my last match in the US Open and I couldn’t think to finish it in a better way.” If she brought shocks to people for making it this far in the tournament, she just brought tears to about all tennis fans out there. She made a heroic charge in the US Open and ended her career with one of the biggest bangs ever, or shall I say slam?
Vinci had nothing to keep her head down for, her charge was as good, if not equal to Pennetta’s run as she beat the World No. 1, Serena Williams and taking home a check for 1.6 million dollars. Serena was looking for a Calendar Grand Slam, winning all four of the year’s Open Tournaments, that being the Australian, Wimbledon, French, and US Open. That was previously recorded by Steffi Graff. Both players close out the US Open in one of the most memorable ways, if not the most memorable, matches of all-time.
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