Serena Williams lost to Italy’s Roberta Vinci in the US Open semifinal 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 earlier today. What a disappointment. This marks the end of Serena’s Grand Slam run for the calendar year. Saturday’s final will be an all Italian match between Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta.
Two victories from joining the most prestigious club in tennis, Serena Williams ran into a roadblock at the United States Open.
In one of the biggest surprises in tennis history, Roberta Vinci, an unseeded Italian veteran playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal, defeated Williams, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, on Friday.
“It’s an incredible moment for me,” said Vinci, who cried in her chair after the upset and called the victory the “best moment of my life.”
Instead of Williams playing for a Grand Slam in Saturday’s final, it will be an all-Italian affair between Vinci and 26th-seeded Flavia Pennetta, who beat No. 2 Simona Halep, 6-1, 6-3, in another upset earlier Friday. But Pennetta’s victory was no surprise compared with what Vinci engineered on Arthur Ashe Stadium.
Congrats to Roberta. She played a great match against Serena.
I’m still proud of Serena.
She had a great Grand Slam run this year. She almost had it. And of course she’s still Queen Serena.