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Flavia Pennetta conquered her great friend and compatriot Roberta Vinci to take an emotional US Open title. It was a maiden slam for the 33 year old as she became the oldest ever first time winner of a slam in the Open era. In a facile victory, Pennetta overcame her nerves and her opponent in a tight first set before romping home to win 7-6(4), 6-2 in 93 minutes. Pennetta who became the first ever Italian US Open champion, will now rise to her highest ever ranking of number eight in the world following the triumph.

In the oldest ever slam final between two 30+ Italians, Roberta Vinci put up a great fight initially but struggled to reprise her heroics from yesterday. She was a more than gracious finalist and won the fans hearts with her pleasing personality. Pennetta for her part was also excellent after the match, saying she was thrilled to win her first ever slam fulfilling her childhood dream to do so. What was exceptionally pleasing was to see the camaraderie between the childhood friends during the presentation ceremony. As if the surprises weren’t enough, Pennetta chose that moment to also drop the bombshell that she now would be retiring from tennis. As goodbyes go, this one is undoubtedly among the most remarkable!

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After the incredible drama in the women's semi-finals of the US Open which saw the top 2 seeds knocked out in dramatic fashion, the leading men showed the ladies just how it is done as Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer booked their pre-anointed date in the Final of the US Open with crushing victories in their respective semi-finals.

World no.1 Novak Djokovic was up first and Serbian ace crushed defending champion Marin Cilic 6-0, 6-1, 6-2 in a virtual no contest. Djokovic didn't even need to play particularly well, just well enough as Cilic, carrying an ankle injury into the match imploded badly, making 37 unforced errors to hand Djokovic an easy win.

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Brandon Holt and Riley Smith are making people forget who their tennis noteworthy parents are, and making names for themselves at this year’s U.S. Open.

The Southern California USTA wild-card team won their third straight super-tiebreaker on Friday in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Junior Championships, advancing to Sunday’s final where they will face the Canadian team of Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov. They came back to beat the team of South African Lloyd George Harris and Japan’s Yosuke Watanuki in the semifinals, 4-6, 6-4, 10-8, at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

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The fourth seeded Indo-Swiss pairing of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis overcame the challenge of the All-American duo of Sam Querrey and Bethanie Mattek-Sands in a match truly worthy of a final 10-7 in a Championship tiebreaker to win the US Open Mixed Doubles title of 2015.

Paes and Hingis had already won the Australian Open and Wimbledon Mixed Doubles crown this year, while on the other side of the net they squared off against another very good doubles player in Mattek-Sands, the reigning French Open Mixed Doubles. Sam Querrey was the least experienced amongst the four and was playing in his first ever Grand Slam final.

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Serena Williams' pursuit of Steffi Graf's 1998 accomplishment - a Calendar Grand Slam - and her Open Era record of 22 Grand Slam titles has been put on hold as the world no.1 crashed out in incredible fashion to unseeded Italian Roberta Vinci in the semi-finals of the US Open on Friday afternoon.

In what was truly an incredible match, Vinci's desire to run down every ball and her all court game stunted the legendary American's prowess when it appeared for all money that recreating history was in Serena's grasp.

In the first of the women's semi-finals on Friday, 26th seed Flavia Pennetta had already set hearts aflutter when she stunned world no.2 Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 in what was largely a one-sided contest. Halep, who had put in so much in her quarter-final victory over Victoria Azarenka, appeared to be running on empty and made uncharacteristic errors to hand Pennetta an easy win.

Flavia raced through the opening set and apart from a momentary blip when she lost three games in a row to surrender a 3-1 lead in the second, appeared in complete control of the contest. Flavia, rattled off the last 5 games of the match, including 19 of the last 21 points to romp into her first Grand Slam Final.

The defeat of Halep would have given Serena Williams a further boost heading into her semi-final match, knowing that she had two Italians, who had never beaten her standing in her way and history.

The first set went comfortably Serena's way as she raced through it 6-2 in 31 minutes, and it seemed like only a matter of time before she would take her record against Roberta Vinci to 5-0.

However, Vinci developed some self belief in the second set and made Serena work harder for every point, giving virtually nothing away. Roberta also started venturing further forward, looking to take advantage of her exceptional volleying skills to stretch the contest.

Suddenly out of nowhere she picked up a break of serve against the run of play and made the most of the opportunity to nick the set 6-4 and force the match into a decider.

Usually when she finds her back to the wall, Serena finds another level, that second set though had taken a lot out of her physically, and Vinci just wasn't giving her any free points. As her frustration grew, so did her unforced error count, and Serena made 19 in the third set alone, almost as many as she had in the first two sets combined.

The duo traded breaks early in the set before Vinci broke Serena in the 7th game to take what proved to be the decisive break. A nervy hold extended her advantage to 5-3, but Serena wasn't going to give up without a fight and she held on to her own serve to make Vinci have to serve for a play in the decider.

First serves continued to elude Vinci, who landed only 11 of 30 in the entire final set, yet she held serve amazingly to love to wrap up a thrilling 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 win and book her place in her maiden Grand Slam final.

Women's Semi-final

[26] F Pennetta d. [2] S Halep 6-1 6-3

R. Vinci d. [1] S Williams 2-6 6-4 6-4

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Two-time U.S. Open champion Tracy Austin and five-time NCAA champion winning USC men’s coach Peter Smith both watched as their sons upset the No. 6-seeded team to advance to the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open Junior Doubles Championships on Wednesday at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center.

Future USC teammates and U.S Open wild cards Brandon Holt of Rolling Hills and Riley Smith of Los Alamitos finally converted on their seventh match point to upset Corentin Denolly of France and Djurabeck Karimov of Uzbekistan, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 10-6. The pair face unseeded Lukas Klein of Slovakia and Patrik Rikl of the Czech Republic on Thursday.

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Swiss Davis Cup teammates Roger Federer and Stan Wawrinka will clash against each other in the semi-finals of the US Open after both men produced outstanding performances on a wet Wednesday at Flushing Meadows, New York.

Federer was in quarter-final action against Frenchman Richard Gasquet out on Arthur Ashe Stadium, while the inclement weather meant that Wawrinka's match against the big serving South African Kevin Anderson had to be moved out onto Louis Armstrong Stadium.

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