Join us while we analyze one of the most unexpected Grand Slam finals in recent years, as two Italian players surprised the world and will fight for the US Open title.
Flavia Pennetta vs. Roberta Vinci
Surprising final between two Italian players who emerged victorious after two matches where they were heavy underdogs.
Flavia Pennetta was the first to book a place in the final with a solid performance against Simona Halep 6 – 1 6 – 3. The Romanian said she was too fatigued mentally and physically however a lot of credit for Flavia who played a super solid match. Pennetta is an extremely aggressive baseline player and one of her biggest qualities is the ability to be very aggressive but at same time super solid from the baseline. Flavia ended the match with 23 winners / 16 unforced errors and clearly raise the level of her game in last three rounds after a slow start.
Roberta Vinci was not having a very good season and for the first time since 2010 came to the US Open as an unseeded player but due to her experience has been able to win match after match and is now on the final. This is a tournament where Roberta has always found some success reaching two previous quarterfinals but this is clearly her year. Hasn’t been an easy road for Roberta she only won one of five matches in straight sets and pulled out her biggest career win in semifinals against Serena Williams. Serena was clearly struggling mentally with the possibility of being just one match away from the Golden Slam and Vinci knew exactly how to take advantage of that with her tricky slice backhand.
Both players weren’t clearly expecting to reach this stage in the start of the competition, however Pennetta seems to be the one more ready for lifting the trophy. Roberta had a lot of credit in her win over Serena for being extremely smart however Serena was just too erratic especially on third set with 15 winners / 19 unforced errors. Vinci clearly struggled mentally when she saw herself close to victory and her first serve % dropped from 57% in first two sets to 37% on third set, after the match Roberta said that her only goal when she was serving for the match was to put an extra ball on court and Serena made her life easier with couple of poor unforced errors.
The last time this two players faced was in this same tournament in 2013 where Flavia won 6 – 4 6 – 1. This will be a very mental game for both players but Pennetta was very focused after her match against Halep while Vinci cried after her victory over Serena and for this lower level players is extremely hard mentally to play the next game after such a big win.
Vinci should drop the level from her match against Serena while Pennetta will know how to take advantage of that. Flavia has great groundstrokes, she’ll do a lot of damage with her shots and should be Flavia Pennetta the one who will lift the trophy at the end so back her with your tennis picks.