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Flavia Pennetta (Italian pronunciation: [ˈflaːvja penˈnetta]; born 25 February 1982) is an Italian former professional tennis player. She became Italy’s first top-10 female singles player on 17 August 2009 and the first Italian to be ranked world No. 1 in doubles on 28 February 2011. She is a Grand Slam singles champion, winning the 2015 US Open by defeating Roberta Vinci in the first ever all-Italian Grand Slam final.

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Pennetta won ten other WTA singles titles, including the 2014 Indian Wells Masters, in which she defeated the top two seeds, both of whom were ranked in the top 3. She also was a mainstay in the Fed Cup team competition, helping to win four titles for Italy in 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2013. Her highlights in doubles include winning the 2010 WTA Finals and the 2011 Australian Open with partner Gisela Dulko, and reaching the 2005 and 2014 US Open finals, partnering respectively with Elena Dementieva and Martina Hingis.

After winning the 2015 US Open, Pennetta announced she would retire at the end of the season. She then earned a spot in the WTA Finals for the first time, where she defeated eventual champion Agnieszka Radwańska in the round-robin stage, and retired with a top 10 ranking. Throughout her career she defeated many other Grand Slam champions: Justine Henin, Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis, Amélie Mauresmo, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Victoria Azarenka, Samantha Stosur, Li Na, Petra Kvitová, Maria Sharapova, and Venus Williams in three consecutive meetings.

Pennetta was pronounced a Knight of Order of Merit of the Republic on 24 January 2007 by Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, then President of Italy.

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Early years

Pennetta was introduced to tennis at the age of five by her father.  At age seventeen, she won the 1999 French Open in girls’ doubles with fellow Italian Roberta Vinci.

Pennetta began to play on the International Tennis Federation (ITF) circuit in 1997.  The following year, she lost in the second round of her first qualifying tournament for a WTA Tour main draw, the Internazionali Femminili di Palermo. In 1999, Pennetta won two singles titles and two doubles titles on the ITF circuit.  She was unsuccessful in her several attempts to qualify for WTA Tour main draws in 2000. The following year, she limited her play to the ITF circuit.

She played her first main draw WTA Tour match at the 2002 Cellular South Cup in Memphis, Tennessee, where she lost in the first round. She also lost in the first round in Palermo, but reached the second round of the Idea Prokom Open in Sopot.  Her ranking reached the top 100 for the first time on 23 September 2002, when she reached no. 100.

Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, holds up the championship trophy after beating Roberta Vinci, of Italy, in the women's championship match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Flavia Pennetta of Italy poses with her women's U.S. Open Tennis champion trophy at the Top of the Rock in New York, September 13, 2015. Pennetta won her first grand slam singles title over Roberta Vinci in an improbable all-Italian U.S. Open final on Saturday then added one more shock to a stunning fortnight by announcing her retirement. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Flavia Pennetta of Italy poses with her women’s U.S. Open Tennis champion trophy at the Top of the Rock in New York, September 13, 2015. Pennetta won her first grand slam singles title over Roberta Vinci in an improbable all-Italian U.S. Open final on Saturday then added one more shock to a stunning fortnight by announcing her retirement. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

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