Almost two weeks ago 128 players began the battle for the final Grand Slam of the year. There have been upsets, retirements and surprises however only two players remain. The first player to win their semi-final was Flavia Pennetta defeating Simona Halep 6-1 6-3 with the second finalist being another surprise as Roberta Vinci defeated Serena Williams from a set down ruining the calendar Grand Slam dream and pulling off the greatest upset in tennis history!
Who thought two weeks ago I’d be previewing a final between Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta? I am slightly disappointed that it isn’t a Simona Halep v Serena Williams final however I am at the same time excited for both players and intrigued to see the final between Roberta and Flavia and who will win their first ever Grand Slam title.
Italy has never ever had a Grand Slam singles winner before and this match will not only be the biggest of both players’ careers but also the biggest in Italian tennis history! Both Pennetta and Vinci are in the latter stages of their careers with Pennetta 33 years old and Roberta Vinci 32 years old. This tournament has been pretty much the year of the underdog which has been great to see with Johanna Konta, Kristina Mladenovic and the two finalists making the big headlines however sadly one player has to lose.
What impresses me the most about Pennetta’s game is the control and precision in rallies. Simona Halep is probably the best mover on the WTA tour and Pennetta was just incredible in finding targets hitting 23 winners in two sets against Halep who had no answers at all! Off the forehand or backhand Pennetta was incredibly strong and precise and was comfortable in the middle of the court and the Romanian had no answers and just couldn’t move her about.
Vinci was one of the best doubles players with Sara Errani winning every Grand Slam doubles tournament but has now made his first final. It’s simply incredible. As one of the best doubles players she does have a lot of variety in her game and her movement and the slice backhand from Vinci impressed me the most against Serena it sent the world number one a ball with little pace and height on it and stopped Serena dominating from the baseline. She will have to bring her A game to this again.
I can’t really pick a clear win. I do slightly favour Vinci to win the title but who knows. This is the biggest match of their careers and whoever deals with the occasion the best and settles early on will end up lifting that famous trophy.