Flavia Pennetta, seeded 26th at this years’ US Open beat Roberta Vinci (yes the woman who knocked out Serena in the semis) in Saturday’s final to win her first major Grand Slam and announced her retirement from tennis shortly thereafter.
Pennetta won 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 in the all-Italian final on Saturday to become only the second Italian woman to win a major Grand Slam.
The 33-year-old did, however, reveal she will play out the rest of the ongoing season before she finally calls it quits.
“I make a big decision in my life – this is the way I like to say goodbye to tennis.
“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.”
Pennetta, who now occupies the number 8 spot on the rankings, will play two tournaments in China and the WTA Finals in Singapore subject to qualification before retiring.