Flavia Pennetta beats Roberta Vinci to win US Open title, announces retirement.

Flavia Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, and then announced her retirement.

The 26th seed, Pennetta won 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to become only the second Italian woman to win one of the tennis majors on Saturday 12 th august, 2015 at Flushing Meadows.

Flavia Pennetta celebrates

Flavia Pennetta celebrates after beating beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open

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

Pennetta is the oldest woman in the Open era, which began in 1968, to become a Grand Slam champion for the first time

The 33-year-old 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.”

Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, right, hugs Roberta Vinci, of Italy, after winning the women's championship match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament,

Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, right, hugs Roberta Vinci, of Italy, after winning the women’s championship match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament,

Meanwhile 43rd seed, Vinci who ended Serena Williams’ Grand Slam bid stated that she was happy for Flavia.

The 32-year-old 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.”

This was the first major final for either participant, and the first time since WTA computer rankings were instituted in 1975 that both U.S. Open women’s finalists were ranked outside the top 20.

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