Lovestruck Pennetta happy to quit as champion

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NEW YORK: Flavia Pennetta captured his first Grand Slam singles title at the US Open on Saturday and said he was happy to go into retirement.

The 33-year-old beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci 7.6 (7/4), 6-2 to become the oldest winner of a woman for the first time in a major. Then he surprised the crowd of 23,000 inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, announcing his retirement, admitting that he had decided to quit before the start of the tournament. Before this tournament started a month ago, I took a big decision in my life,” said the 26th seed. I decided that this is the way I would say goodbye to tennis. This is my last US Open and I could not think of a better way to finish.”

Playing in his 11th US Open, Pennetta said she was amazed to have come this far in the competition.

“I’m really happy. I never thought I would go so far and never thought I would be a champion. This is one of my favorite tournaments, I like playing here,” an event where he has consistently registered its best results in the Major leagues.

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