Flavia Pennetta won the tenth and biggest title of her career by beating albeit injured Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-1 in the Indian Wells final. Thumbs up for the second-seeded Radwanska who didn’t retire from the match despite being troubled by a knee injury, but let’s also not take anything away from Pennetta, who had earlier in the tournament taken out top seed Li Na, seed No.16 Samantha Stosur and seed No.17 Sloane Stephens, has now risen from No.21 to No.12 in the rankings and soared up in the Road To Singapore, climbing from 20th to fifth position.
The Indian Wells triumph attracted a lot of attention to Pennetta’s supporters in the stands, in particular to fellow Italian tennis player Fabio Fognini, who hugged Pennetta and splashed her with water after her trophy-winning match. Actually, I read that Fognini delayed his trip to Miami to support Pennetta in Indian Wells and as a further proof that the they are an item is Pennetta’s recent tweet, the above photo of the two, accompanied by the comment:
Assistant coach of the week! Really happy… Miami we come… @fabiofogna
Moreover, Andrea Preti, who I thought was Pennetta’s boyfriend, shared no excitement about her triumph on Instagram or Twitter, and I’m sure Pennetta wouldn’t have posted such an intimate photo with Fognini had she still been dating Preti.
Italian readers, do you have any more information?