WINNING the US Open final was the perfect way to say goodbye to the game, although it remains to be seen whether Italian veteran Flavia Pennetta will indeed hang up her racquet at the end of the year.
"It's a dream come true. When I was young, I was always thinking to be No.1 and win a grand slam," the 33-year-old said after beating compatriot Roberta Vinci 7-6 6-2.
Then she dropped a bombshell, saying "there's one more thing I'd like to say - it's the way I would like to say goodbye to tennis".
Asked for clarification whether she meant the Open was her last tournament, she said she would play on until the end of the year, her schedule to include two events in China and potentially the end-of-season WTA Tour Finals in Singapore.
Then the matter of next year's Olympics was raised, with Pennetta clearly uncertain about whether she might want to reconsider her decision and play on until Rio.
"I mean, for the moment I'm so happy that I've taken this decision," she said. "I don't feel - I don't want to change anything. I mean, I really think it's the best way. You never know.
"But, for sure, this was the last time for New York for me. For sure."
Meanwhile, Aussie journeyman John Peers was unable to bag his grand slam title in the men's doubles with Scot Jamie Murray.
The pair, which was also beaten in the Wimbledon doubles final, lost 6-4 6-4 to French duo Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert.
- APN SPORTS BUREAU
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