Italian Flavia Pennetta has won her first ever grand slam title and it will also be her last after the 33-year-old announced her retirement following her triumph over compatriot Roberta Vinci to win the US Open title.
A 150/1 shot before the tournament started, Pennetta knocked out Petra Kvitova and Simona Halep on her way to her first grand slam and at 33-years-old, she became the oldest woman to win a first grand slam tournament.
Unseeded Vinci – who ended Serena Williams quest for a calendar grand slam on Friday – put up a brave fight in the first set before losing it on a tie-break but began to crumble in the second as Pennetta marched on to a 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 victory.
Both players – who were girls double winners together at the 1999 French Open – started off nervously but it was Pennetta who grabbed the first advantage converting a seventh break point to lead 3-2.
However, Vinci resorted to her heroics over Williams to break back to level things up and 4-4 and both Italians held their final two service games to force the first set into a tie-break.
Vinci gifted away a point with a forehand too long and Pennetta would not allow a way back for Vinci to win the tie-break 7-4 and Vinci continued to crumble in the second set as Pennetta broke twice to race into a 4-0 lead.
Vinci managed to reduce the deficit with a break back but the 26th seed would not let a first grand slam title fall from her grasp with a forehand winner handing her the second set 6-2 and the US Open championship.
It was only the seventh time a woman outside the world top 25 has won a grand slam tournament and following her victory, Pennetta took to the microphone to announce her retirement.
“I am going to retire from tennis,” said the Italian.
“This is what all players want to do, go out taking a big trophy home. This is my last match at the US Open and I couldn’t finish in a better way.”