Friday, September 11, 2015
BREAKING NEWS: Roberta Vinci stuns Serena Williams in U.S. Open semifinal
In dramatic fashion, Serena Williams' quest for the Grand Slam is over.
At the hands of Italian Roberta Vinci, the world No. 48 and a major semifinalist for the first time at the age of 32, the American was stopped two matches short of making history in tennis for the first time since 1988.
Williams, plagued by errors and the stress of expectation, came unraveled against Vinci, whom she hadn't lost to in four previous encounters. Vinci won 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 before a shocked Arthur Ashe Stadium crowd.
Vinci earns a trip to the U.S.Open final and it's there that she will play another Italian,Flavia Pennetta, the world No. 26. Pennetta upset second seed Simona Halep in the day's first semifinal.
They were scenes never quite seen inside Arthur Ashe, as fans tried to will the world No. 1 to victory, Serena barking out “Come on!” and clenching her fist as the crowd roared behind her.
But it was to little success. After taking a 2-0 lead in the deciding set Williams produced a cadre of unforced errors, unable to summon the strength or the power in her own game to cross the finish line.
Vinci, a five-time doubles winner at the majors, made it particularly infuriating for Williams, keeping her backhand slice low and then matching a foot-heavy Williams from the baseline shot for shot.
It’s just the third loss in 56 matches this season for Williams, who hadn’t lost at a Grand Slam since the third round of Wimbledon in 2014, when she was shocked by France’sAlizé Cornet.