Roberta Vinci, who upset Serena Williams at last year's U.S. Open, told Ben Rothenberg of The New York Times that 2016 may be her final season.
“I’m not young,” Vinci said. “It’s been a lot of years, a lot of stress, and sometimes it’s time to change. But you never know. If at the end I would like to continue, why not? But for sure I don’t want to play more than three or four years. In my mind, I would like to stop.”
Vinci, 32, was ranked world No. 43 entering her match against Williams, a heavy favorite to win the tournament and complete the calendar year Grand Slam. Vinci was playing in her first Grand Slam semifinal.
Fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta defeated Vinci in the U.S. Open final and announced she would retire.
Vinci opened her season at the Brisbane International in Australia and lost in the quarterfinals to Victoria Azarenka. She is ranked No. 15 in the world and told Rothenberg she wants to crack the top 10 this year.
Her highest–ever ranking is No. 11.
- Christopher Chavez