Serena Conqueror Loses in Finals

Flavia Pennetta beats fellow Italian Roberta Vinci
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2015 4:18 PM CDT
Flavia Pennetta, right, hugs Roberta Vinci, both of Italy, after the match.   (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
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(Newser) – She got past Serena Williams in one of her sport's biggest upsets ever, but Roberta Vinci couldn't defeat her countrywoman today in the US Open finals. Flavia Pennetta defeated fellow Italian Vinci in straight sets to become the oldest first-time women's major champion in the Open era. The 33-year-old Pennetta won 7-6 (4), 6-2 today, a day after Vinci stunned Williams in the semis. Unlike the top-ranked Williams, Pennetta was unfazed by her former junior doubles partner's slices and volleys, and the 43rd-ranked Vinci couldn't recapture her brilliant play from yesterday. (Read more US Open Tennis stories.)

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