Flavia Pennetta will be able to retire knowing she triumphed at one of the most famous tournaments in his sport.
The Italian won the US Tennis Open Saturday, defeating her compatriot Roberta Vinci, 7-6 (4), 6-2.
Then, during the presentation of the trophy, she announced her retirement. She has come to this decision last month, but it had been kept confidential.
Pennetta, 33, will leave having finally got the prestigious title so coveted. The 26th-seeded deserved his 49th major tournament, the longest wait in history for a first consecration of the genre.
“So I bid farewell to tennis, said Pennetta, not far from her with her fiancé, the player Fabio Fognini ATP. I could not imagine a more beautiful conclusion. ”
Although it was his last appearance in the US Open, Pennetta has always participate in tournaments Wuhan and Beijing, by mid-October.
Powered eighth WTA by its victory, Pennetta could also have its place in the finals of the women’s tour, from 25 October to 1 November in Singapore.
His best previous result in major tournament was a semifinal place in the Big Apple in 2013.
The native of Brindisi, a coastal town in southern Italy, has raised a total of 11 trophies in his career. One on Saturday was accompanied by $ 3.3 million traded.
Vinci struggled at the net, scoring the only point where half the time (15 of 30). The climbs of her rival were much more successful, with 16 points in 20 occasions.
Pennetta prevailed 28-21 shots for winners, 4-2 and 4-0 to breakage aces.
It was the first time in the history of modern tennis the final of a major tournament two Italian opposed.
Pennetta, 26th in the world, becomes the seventh player ranked outside the top 25 to win a Grand Slam final.
The group also includes Kim Clijsters (2009, USA), Venus Williams (2007 Wimbledon), Serena Williams (2007, Australia), Barbara Jordan (1979, Australia), Chris O’Neil (1978, Australia) and Evonne Goolagong (1977, Australia).
Ranked 43rd in the world before the tournament Vinci rejected the favorite Serena Williams in the semifinals. The US and saw his series of major tournament gains stopped at 33, she had won the three other Grand Slam tournaments this season.
Steffi Graf remains the last one with the distinction of being the champion of the four major tournaments in one season in 1988.