Pennetta Wins US Open, Retires From Tennis

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) and 6-2 to become only the second Italian woman to win one of the tennis majors.

She then said: “I make a big decision in my life, this is the way I like to say goodbye to tennis.”

The 33-year-old from Brindisi confirmed she plans to play the rest of the season before retiring.

“One month ago I decided that this is the way I would say goodbye to tennis,” added Pennetta, who collected a winner’s cheque of $3.3m (£2.1m).

“This is my last and I couldn’t think of finishing in a better way.”

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