Serena Williams Loose To Tennis Player Roberta Vinci (Of Italy) In The Grand Slam Semi Finals !!!!
|Sernea Williams Loose To Tennis Player Roberta Vinci (Of Italy)|
In The Grand Slam Semi Finals !!!!
Roberta Vinci upset No. 1 Serena Williams in three sets in the U.S. Open women’s semifinals on Friday, ending Williams's hopes of completing the calendar Grand Slam.
Afterward, Vinci called it the best moment of her life.
"It's amazing, like a dream," an emotional Vinci said in her on-court interview. "I'm in the final. I beat Serena. For me, it's an amazing moment, incredible, yes.
"For the American people, for Serena, for the Grand Slam, today's my day. Sorry, guys."
The final stroke, a deft drop shot, brought tears to Vinci's eyes. A 12-1 underdog at the Westgate Las
|Roberta (Left) Serena (Right)|
It was the first time in her career that Vinci had taken so much as a set from Williams -- and now she has reached a Grand Slam final for the first time.
"I thought she played the best tennis in her career," Williams said. "You know, she's 33, and you know, she's going for it at a late age. So that's good for her to keep going for it and playing so well.
"Actually, I guess it's inspiring. But, yeah, I think she played literally out of her mind."
Vinci will play Flavia Pennetta, another Italian, in Saturday's final (3 p.m. ET, ESPN). Earlier Friday, Pennetta defeated No. 2 seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3.
It's the first time in the Open era that two Italian women will meet in a major final. Pennetta defeated Vinci 6-4, 6-1 in their most recent meeting in the 2013 US Open quarterfinals.
Speaking with ESPN, Serena's mother Oracene Price - who seldom comments on her daughters - admitted that she appeared to be felling the pressure of the Grand Slam bid.
Her coach Patrick Mouratoglou added that she did not appear to be herself when he spoke to her earlier in the day.
Despite a high number of unforced errors - 40 to Vinci's 20 - Serena had a good day, hitting 50 winners and winning 93 points, more than her opponent who had 80 for the match.
She did suffer four breaks of serve, but also managed to break Vinci four times as well.
Serena also had four double faults, which were balanced out by her 16 aces.