Flavia Pennetta, the first Italian Top 10 player and the first one from her country to rank No.1 in either singles or doubles, has undergone a successful right wrist surgery and is now taking her time to rest before resuming hitting in November and preparing for a comeback next season.
The injury struck in April, forced Pennetta to skip Stuttgart and Madrid and retire from her Rome quarterfinal against Serena Williams. Then she played Roland Garros, 's-Hertogenbosch, Wimbledon and the Olympics, before retiring in her Montreal opener at 1-4 in the first set and missing the subsequent tournaments, including the US Open where she reached all her three Grand Slam quarterfinals.
However, no one is irreplaceable. There was an all-Italian quarterfinal at the US Open between good friends and doubles partners Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci and Italy got its first US Open semifinalist in the Open Era. (source: WTA Tour, photo: Tennis Buzz)