On Friday, the number one women’s tennis player in the world Serena Williams lost in the semi-finals of the U.S. Open to Italian Roberta Vinci, who’s currently ranked 43rd.
There’s not much to say here; it was a rough game, full of comments from the announcers on Drake’s presence in the audience (the crowd went wild when one of his songs was played during a break). After beating her sister in the quarters, Serena handily beat Vinci in the first set 6-2, but Vinci came back, winning the second 4-6, which included one particularly exciting volley. She then did the same in the third set. By that third set, Serena looked tired and was making mistakes, while Vinci seemed galvanized and wouldn’t let one past her.
Serena’s already won three majors this year, and, had she won the U.S. Open, would have been the first woman since Steffi Graf in 1988 to win all four in a year and would have tied Graf for most Grand Slam singles won ever, at 22. Vinci was highly aware of how her win hurt Serena’s rabid fans, gesturing to the crowd to cheer for her when she won points. “It’s like a dream, I’m in the final, I beat Serena,” she said at the end. “Sorry guys. Sorry.”
It’s “the best moment of life,” she added. “Today is my day, sorry guys.” They cheered for her loudly all the same. In the final, Vinci will play Flavia Pennetta, who’s also Italian and ranked 26.
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