The hopes of Serena Williams making history by winning four Grand Slams in a calendar year came crashing down as she was knocked out of the US Open semifinals by a gutsy unheralded Italian, Roberta Vinci.
Serena faced unseeded Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals of the US Open. She seemed destined to reach the final when she won the first set, but Vinci came back strong and took home the next two sets and the match. The final score read 6-2, 4-6, 4-6 in favor of the 33-year old Roberta Vinci.
Serena Williams Disappointed
“I don’t want to talk about how disappointing it is for me. If you have any other questions, I’m open for that. I thought she played the best tennis in her career. She played, literally, out of her mind,” Serena said after the match.
Meanwhile, Vinci came out and apologized to the crowd. “For the American people, for Serena, for the Grand Slam and everything. But today is my day. Sorry guys,” she said.
Vinci to face Pennetta
In the other semi-final of the tournament, Flavia Pennetta came out a winner against second seeded Simona Halep. Pennetta won the match 6-1, 6-3 took book an all-Italian Grand Slam final at the US Open Tennis Championship.
Pennetta, 33, is a childhood friend of Vinci and the two Italians grew up just 40 miles away from each other. This opens the door for an intriguing storyline in the final and both women will be looking to etch their name into the history books with their first Grand Slam.But today will be remembered for the one who will miss these finals. Take a bow Serena for an incredible year.
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