Playing her first Grand Slam semifinal, Roberta Vinci recorded a spectacular victory over world No.1 Serena Williams, pretty much the undefeatable queen of women’s tennis, and destroyed her chance of adding the Calendar Slam to her bio.
Serena Williams won the last four Grand Slams, but she needed the 2015 US Open to complete a Calendar Slam for the first time in her career, which is one of the rare feats she’s yet to achieve, The 32-year-old Vinci stunned the tennis world, stopped the unstoppable American, in New York, and after the match uncontrollably shook from excitement, apologizing to American crowd after calming down a bit.
Amazingly, we will now have an all-Italian final, as Flavia Pennetta upset world No.2 Simona Halep in the preceding semi.
In the first set Serena was down an early break, but then won five games in a row for 6-2. From 0-40 in the beginning of the second set, Serena managed to hold serve, but then Vinci broke it in the fifth game of the set, winning three straight games for a 4-2 lead, and eventually won the set 6-4.
Serena started the decider with a 2-0 lead, but Vinci leveled to 2-all immediately. The crucial moment happened at 3-3, when Vinci won one super exciting point, pounded her chest in celebration, and in the next point, helped by Serena’s error, Vinci earned a break point, which she successfully converted. The Italian firmly grasped that lead, saved all the break points that she faced in the following game and earned the biggest win of her career, which is also historic for women’s tennis. Final score: 2-6 6-4 6-4. Bravo!
If it’s of any consolation for Serena, she has this adorable fan 🙂