US Open 2015: Flavia Pennetta is the champion
Flavia Pennetta beat fellow Italian Roberta Vinci to win her first Grand Slam title at the US Open, and then announced her retirement. Pennetta, the 26th seed, won 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to become only the second Italian woman to win one of the tennis majors. She then said: "I make a big decision in my life - this is the way I like to say goodbye to tennis."
The 33-year-old from Brindisi confirmed she plans to play the rest of the season before retiring.
"One month ago I decided that this is the way I would say goodbye to tennis," added Pennetta, who collected a winner's cheque of $3.3m (£2.1m).
"This is my last and I couldn't think of finishing in a better way."
Vinci, ranked 43rd in the world, had stunned Serena Williams in the semi-finals, ending the world number one's bid for a calendar Grand Slam. The 32-year-old from Taranto, said: "I am really happy and really happy for Flavia. It's tough to play against a player who you have known for a long time.
"I tried to play my best, but Flavia played unbelievable and I have to say congrats to her."