Thanks to Linda, who scanned childhood photos from Flavia Pennetta's autobiography "Dritto al cuore" (Straight to the Heart), and Women's Tennis Blog reader Tony, who retweeted me the pictures, you get to see the tennis star when she started out.
I love the romantic look that our Italian stars used to nurture when they were kids. Remember Sara Errani? Flavia looks beautiful in the long light dress, gazing at her racquet.
In the second photo you can see Flavia with her parents and elder sister Giorgia. They all play recreational tennis.
The little Flavia, who was introduced to tennis by her father at the age of five, grew up to be a successful tennis player in both singles and doubles, having achieved the ranking of No.10 in singles (the first Italian to crack Top 10) and No.1 in doubles.The 29-year-old has won nine singles titles and 14 doubles titles, including one Grand Slam.
In addition, Flavia is not afraid to speak out, which she recently reminded us of while talking about her relationship status.
Here's another photo that Linda showed me. Flavia was 15 years old here. I love the classy vintage look.