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Two Italians in Grand Slam semi-finals is Not a First...

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by Ivan Pasquariello

Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci made history for Italy at the 2015 US Open. The two Italians both reached the semi-finals in New York as Flavia Pennetta joined her friend and compatriot Vinci on Wednesday, coming back from a set down to beat No.5 seed Petra Kvitova in 3 sets.

It never happened before on the women's tour that two Italians made it this far in the same Grand Slam tournament. It is a historical achievement, a very first in the Open Era. However, it is not the first time something like this happens to Italy.

Back in 1960, both Nicola Pietrangeli and Orlando Sirola reached the last four at Roland Garros. While Orlando was ousted in the last four, Nicola went on to win the title. The first woman from Italy to win a Grand Slam in singles has been Francesca Schiavone in 2010 at the French Open.

If Flavia or Roberta were to reach the final, they would become the first ever Italian finalist - men or women - at the US Open. ALSO READ Petra Kvitova predicts the winner of the US Open after defeat to Pennetta .

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