It’s an all-Italian affair in the Women’s singles final as Roberta Vinci and Flavia Pennetta will be facing each other for the title.This is the first time since 2010 that two first-time finalists will take on each other after Schiavone and Stosur who faced each other in the Roland Garros 2010.
Both the women’s in their mid-thirties have been remarkable in the US Open and no one in their wildest dreams would have thought these two will be featuring in the finals. After toiling hard in the tourney, these two have sealed their spot in the finals and one could expect a high-octane clash between these two.
Roberta Vinci route to the finals:
1st Round: Defeated V.King 6-4, 6-4
2nd Round: Defeated D. Allertova 6-2, 3-6, 6-1
3rd Round: Defeated M. Duque-Marino 6-1, 5-7, 6-2
4th Round: Defeated Eugenie Bouchard (Walkover)
Quarter-finals: Defeated K. Mladenovic 6-3, 5-7, 6-4
Semi-finals: Defeated S. Williams 6-2, 4-6, 4-6
Roberta Vinci has been up and down throughout the tournament, but her performance in the semi-finals showed her full potential. With huge pressure on Serena to win calendar slam and nothing to lose Vinci absolutely took it to the American and created the major upset of 2015. Things looked grim for Vinci after Serena claimed the first set, but Vinci stayed competitive throughout the entire match. Although Serena out-served Vinci and hit 50 winners the unforced errors mounted from the second set which saw her losing. In the entire match, Vinci made just 19 unforced errors. The backhand slice from Vinci made Serena create her own pace which resulted in unforced errors. Two of Serena’s last three losses at majors and four of her last six came after winning the first set.
Roberta Vinci seeded 43 in the world has her work cut out in the final as she takes on her countrywoman Flavia Pennetta. Roberta has to on the top of her game and remain aggressive throughout in order to emerge victoriously. Vinci has to mix things up with her huge service and powerful forehand. Gameplay at the net will play a crucial role and Vinci has to be brave enough to take odd calculative risks and go for the shots. Roberta Vinci in her 9 meeting has defeated Pennetta on 4 occasions and certainly has the potential to defeat Pennetta in the all-important final.
Flavia Pennetta’s route to the finals:
1st Round: Defeated J. Gajdosova 6-1, 3-6, 6-1
2nd Round: Defeated M. Niculescu 6-1, 6-4
3rd Round: Defeated P. Cetkovska 1-6, 6-1, 6-4
4th Round: Defeated S. Stosur 6-4, 6-4
Quarter-finals: Defeated P. Kvitova 6-4, 4-6, 2-6
Semi-finals: Defeated S. Halep 6-1, 6-3
While Vinci had her odd struggles in the opening rounds of the tournament Pennetta has been absolutely dominant over her opponents in the opening rounds and so was the case in the semi-finals. The 26 seed totally outplayed Halep and never allowed her to settle her down. Aggressive play paid dividends for Pennetta as she absolutely decimated Halep in straight sets 6-1, 6-3. Pennetta hit 23 winners while Halep managed just 10. 23 unforced errors came from Halep’s end which was the main root cause for her defeat.
Pennetta has the slightest edge against Vinci as she defeated Vinci on five occasions and got the better of Vinci three times in the last five meetings. Pennetta’s powerful backhand will be her major weapon once again in the finals along with her serve. Pennetta has to remain aggressive throughout as she did against Halep and need to play her best tennis in big points to emerge victoriously.
Pennetta will go in as the firm favourite for the finals with the form she is in, but Vinci can’t be underestimated as she has the potential to take down Pennetta.
Head to Head: Vinci 4- 5 Pennetta
Last five meetings: Vinci 2-3 Pennetta
Prediction: Pennetta to win in three sets