10 things to know about the 2015 U.S. Open finals on Saturday between No. 26 Flavia Pennetta and No. 43 Roberta Vinci.
NEW YORK – Serena Williams and Simona Halep were both stunned by Italian veterans Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta, respectively, in their semifinals matches. That means the world will have to wait for a calendar Grand Slam in women’s tennis as well as for a showdown between the No. 1 and No. 2 women in the world in a major final.
But the players couldn’t be more thrilled to get to their first major final. “I just tried to play every match the best I could from the first one here," Pennetta said after winning her match against Halep. "I was trying not to think too much about the draw and everything else and just focus on what I had to do when I got on the court, match by match. And here I am in the final—I'm really, really happy."
Meanwhile, Vinci proved to be just as excited to be in the final with her historic win over Serena. “For me it's an amazing moment. It's incredible. I have so many things in my mind right now! It was an incredible match. I lost the first set, but I still tried to stay aggressive. In the end I was serving and it felt impossible, but I tried to stay focused and not think about the match or Serena's incredible play,” she said.
And while it isn’t Serena or Halep fighting for the title, there is a great deal of interesting facts to know about the lower-ranked Italian women. Here are 10 of them.