New York – Flavia Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, before announcing her retirement.
Pennetta, the 26th seed, won 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to become the second Italian woman to win one of the tennis majors.
“I make a big decision in my life – this is the way I like to say goodbye to tennis,” she said after the match.
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.
“This is my last and I couldn’t think of finishing in a better way.”
Vinci, ranked 43rd in the world, had stunned Serena Williams in the semi-finals, ending the world number one’s bid for a calendar Grand Slam.
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.”
Pennetta, the new world number eight, will play two tournaments in China, as well as the WTA Finals in Singapore if she qualifies, before calling it a day.
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