What does the incredible run of the 2015 US Open of Roberta Vinci means for women's tennis? It means that miracles can happen, Roberta thinks. That is what the Italian told to the media in Flushing Meadows on Saturday, after losing the final to her compatriot Flavia Pennetta, who also announced her retirement from tennis at the end of the year.
Here is the full press conference from Roberta Vinci in New York. Once again, a standout for the Italian. Roberta Vinci Press Conference F. PENNETTA/R. Vinci 7-6, 6-2 THE MODERATOR: Questions, please. Q. Can you just tell us, what are your first memories of Flavia, your earliest memories of meeting her?
ROBERTA VINCI: That she beat me.
(Smiling.) No, I'm joking. I don't know. We know each other for long time, so maybe when I saw her in my mind I remember all the moments that we spend together when I was young. But one thing, I don't know. Q. Was it on a tennis court, the first time you saw her, or...
ROBERTA VINCI: No, no, in the tennis court.
In the tennis court, yes, yes. Q. Do you remember where or what?
ROBERTA VINCI: Where, I don't remember. Long time no. Q. Can you share about the hug at the net, what she said to you...
ROBERTA VINCI: I cannot tell you. Q.
You have no idea?
ROBERTA VINCI: No, no. Q. And also courtside what...
ROBERTA VINCI: No, I said to her, Congratulation, Well done, enjoy. You played better than me today, so. That's it. And she said, This is my last match on the US Open, so now I have to speak and tell to everyone that this is my last match.
I say, No. That's it. Q. What did you think at that moment? You must have been very shocked, I would imagine.
ROBERTA VINCI: When she said me that? Yeah. Was incredible. I didn't expect that. But just her choice, so it's okay.
Q. What do you think the difference was today?
ROBERTA VINCI: I was tired. I was tired especially the first set. I think she played better. She was more solid than me and she play much better backhand, long line, and she served better than me today.
She play better, yeah. Q. What do you think this weekend means for the sport with all that has happened?
ROBERTA VINCI: I think it's an incredible moment for all Italian people. So now when I come back at home, I can realize what we made, because now for me not is normal, no.
But I'm in New York, okay, I'm in the hotel, just have fun, but I would like to come back and try to understood what I did. Q. Do you still plan to make that 10:00 flight tonight or...
ROBERTA VINCI: (Laughter.) I have a private jet.
No, no, no, I don't know. No, no, I don't take 10:00. Q. Will you celebrate with Flavia tonight?
ROBERTA VINCI: Maybe not. No, no, I don't know. No, I don't think so. Maybe. Maybe. I will ask, but I don't know. I don't know her program.
Q. You played the week before this event in New Haven, didn't you?
ROBERTA VINCI: Si. Q. Was that an advantage, to make a tournament before the US Open? Because I know a lot of players don't play the week before.
ROBERTA VINCI: I like to play the week before the slam because I prefer to play -- I prefer to play matches because I don't like to practice one hour in the morning, okay, one hour in the afternoon.
I prefer to play one match. So, yeah, some players doesn't like. They prefer to rest and practice, but I like to play. So it's a good choice for me. Q. Why the Italian women are much more successful than the men, Italian men?
ROBERTA VINCI: Aye.
(Laughter) I don't know. I don't know. It's a cycle. You know, sometimes the womens are better than the men, but now in Italy there are good men, good men Italian player. Fognini, Seppi, they are good. Step by step. Now probably they will come better.