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US Open 2015: Flavia Pennetta beats Roberta Vinci in final

2015-09-12 23:35:40

Flavia Pennetta

Flavia Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, and then announced her retirement.

Pennetta, the 26th seed, won 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to become only the second Italian woman to win one of the tennis majors.

Vinci, ranked 43rd, had stunned Serena Williams in the semi-finals,ending the world number one's bid to win a calendar Grand Slam.

Pennetta then said: "This is the way I like to say goodbye to tennis."

The 33-year-old from Brindisi, who would rise to number eight in the world rankings, collected a winner's cheque of $3,300,000 (£2,139,000).

Vinci, the 32-year-old from Taranto, said: "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."

More to follow.

Flavia PennettaFlavia Pennetta raises her hands in triumph after winning her first - and final Grand Slam

Source: bbc.co.uk

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