US Open: Halep out, defeated by Pennetta in semi-finals

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Romanian tennis player Simona Halep, 2nd WTA, was defeated on Friday by Italian tennis player Flavia Pennetta, 26th WTA, 6-1, 6-3 in the semi-finals at the US Open.

Pennetta won the match in 59 minutes and is to play the final against the winner of the match between Serena Williams and Roberta Vinci.

Although defeated, Halep is to remain 2nd WTA.

Flavia Pennetta pulled off the biggest surprise of the US Open fortnight on Friday, stunning the World No.2, Simona Halep, to reach the first Grand Slam final of her career, wtatennis.com informs.

Though she had lost their last meeting, in Miami earlier this year, Pennetta had won three of the pair’s four career meetings, and she came out swinging again this time, her huge groundstrokes hitting their mark and her net skills helping her finish points off in the forecourt time and time again.

The No.26-seeded Italian won five games in a row to take the first set then went on another five-game streak from 3-1 down in the second set to close out the No.2-seeded Romanian in two, 6-1, 6-3.

Pennetta ripped 23 winners in 59 minutes – including a massive forehand winner on match point.

Afterwards, an overwhelmed Pennetta spoke to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi in her on-court interview.

“I just tried to play every match the best I could from the first one here,” the Italian beamed.

“I was trying not to think too much about the draw and everything else and just focus on what I had to do when I got on the court, match by match. And here I am in the final – I’m really, really happy.”

At age 33, Pennetta is the oldest first-time Grand Slam finalist in the Open Era.

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