US Open 2015 Finals: Flavia Pennetta Wins Maiden Crown, Announces Retirement
Well, the newly crowned Flavia Pennetta of Italy retired just after clinching her first grand slam at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. 26-seed Pennetta defeated her fellow country-woman Roberta Vinci 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to become the the second lady from Italy to clinch a grand slam title.
“I make a big decision in my life – this is the way I like to say goodbye to tennis,” Pennetta said after winning.
The 33-year-old champion who hails from Brindisi though will continue to play the rest of this season.
“One month ago I decided that this is the way I would say goodbye to tennis,” added Pennetta, who won the prize of $3.3 million.
“I will play till the end of this season, this was my last outing in New York.
“This is my last and I couldn’t think of finishing in a better way.”
With this win, Pennetta has been elevated to the 8th position in the rankings. She will feature in China and Singapore Open if she qualifies.
“Sometimes it’s getting hard for me to compete,” said Pennetta.
“You have to fight every week and if you don’t in the way I did today, it’s going to be bad. I don’t feel like I have this power any more.
“It was a really hard decision but I’m really happy I did it. I’m really happy and proud of myself.”
Her rival in the finals, 43rd-seed Vinci stunned top-seed Serena Williams in the semifinals on Friday. Williams’ dream run in the bid for a calendar grand slam ended with that shocking defeat.
“I am really happy and really happy for Flavia. It’s tough to play against a player who you have known for a long time.
“I tried to play my best, but Flavia played unbelievable and I have to say congrats to her,” said Vinci after the finals.
Hingis-Mirza wins 2nd straight doubles title
Veteran Swiss Martina Hingis clinched her 5th doubles title of the year on Sunday, after winning the women’s doubles at Flushing Meadows with her Indian partner Sania Mirza.
They defeated Yaroslava Shvedova and Casey Dellacqua 6-3 6-3 in the finals. The Swiss-Indian pair also won the Wimbledon title this year.
“It has been a great year for us,” Mirza said. “To back up Wimbledon, we feel like we’re a really solid team.”
34-year-old Hingis also notched up the mixed doubles title earlier on Saturday with another Indian partner Leander Paes.
“From the start, we hit it off,” she said regarding her partnership with Mirza. “Our games work well together.”
Former World No 1 Hingis now has 14 grand slam doubles title in her kitty, while Mirza has 5.