US Open: Flavia Pennetta beats Simona Halep, into maiden major final

first_imgFlavia Pennetta has reached her first Grand Slam final at age 33.The Italian routed second-seeded Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 at the U.S. Open on Friday. While Pennetta looked calm and moved freely, Halep, a decade her junior, seemed tense and drained.The Romanian, who made last year’s French Open final, had 23 unforced errors to 10 winners.Also read: Djokovic, Federer face tough tests to making finals of US Open Pennetta trailed 3-1 in the second set before winning 15 straight points to move within a game of victory. She broke Halep’s serve to clinch the win, burying her face in her hands in stunned joy after hitting her 23rd winner on match point.The 26th-seeeded Pennetta faces Serena Williams or Roberta Vinci in Saturday’s final.last_img

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