Flavia Pennetta of Italy holds the U.S. Open Trophy after defeating compatriot Roberta Vinci in their women's singles final match at the U.S. Open Championships tennis tournament in New York, September 12, 2015. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
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For Flavia Pennetta, summing up her tumultuous, shocking, fascinating and heart-warming U.S. Open triumph was easily described in a single word.Pennetta, the oldest maiden Grand Slam finalist in the Open era, became the first Italian to win the U.S. Open women's crown and did so Saturday with an efficient 7-6(4), 6-2 victory over childhood friend and compatriot Roberta Vinci.Pennetta, who is engaged to fellow Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini, said she would play to the end of this season, including tournaments in Wuhan, Beijing and possibly the elite eight-woman WTA Finals in Singapore.Having battled injuries on a regular basis in recent years, Pennetta said she made the decision to call time on her career at last month's Toronto event.Pennetta, who had previously climbed as high as 10th in the rankings in 2009 but will shoot up to eighth after this success, always seemed to save her best grand slam performances for the U.S. Open.
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