Serena Williams Loses To Roberta Vinci In U.S. Open Semi Finals
In what may qualify as the greatest upset in U.S. Open history, Roberta Vinci, the 300:1 betting underdog, toppled Serena Williams in the semifinals Friday afternoon, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4, outlasting the exhausted American in exactly two hours.
“No, I didn’t expect that I’d win,” said Vinci, who will face fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta in the final Saturday.
Williams, 33, already owns 21 major championships, but never achieved this much in a single year – taking the Australian, French and Wimbledon titles into Flushing. The last woman to complete the calendar Grand Slam was Steffi Graf in 1988.
But Williams, with her rumored beau Drake in attendance at Ashe Stadium, was frustrated after breezing in the first set, resorting to shouting at herself and throwing her racket on the court. The bracket had been favorable to her quest, with the top seeds falling out before facing Williams’ powerful serve. Maria Sharapova ducked out before the tournament started. She didn’t have to face an opponent in the top-18.
It didn’t matter against Vinci, who benefitted from 40 unforced errors from Williams. The 32-year-old Vinci won the match on a half-volley, and then called it, “The best moment of my life.”
SMH. All the normally salty white folks are off gloating on Twitter, probably.