Roberta Vinci met with the media after pulling out what can be considered the biggest upset in women's tennis history. The Italian turned her presser into a one-woman-show, making all American journalists laughing out loud.
Roberta is as she looks like. She is sunny, smiley, funny and completely natural. That is why she could make such a great press conference. U.S. OPEN Friday, September 11, 2015 Roberta Vinci Press Conference R. VINCI/S.
Williams 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 THE MODERATOR: Questions, please. Q. Something big happened today. Congratulations.
ROBERTA VINCI: Thank you. Q. You had a little bit of time to let it sink in. What are the emotions?
ROBERTA VINCI: I didn't realize now yet, but it's amazing.
It's like a dream. I'm really happy, but of course I'm a little bit really sad for Serena because she's incredible player, No. 1, almost career -- all the Grand Slams. But what I have to say? I'm happy. I don't know.
It's tough to explain my emotion right now. Maybe tomorrow morning I can tell you something, but now it's amazing. It's magic moment for me. You work so hard for a long time, and it's incredible. Tomorrow final. Q.
Was there any moment, as you served for the match, that you thought about the slam and Serena?
ROBERTA VINCI: Well, at the end, yes. At the end when I made a break, 4-3, and serve, I was a little bit scare. My arms was like (demonstrating shaking.) I'm not joking.
And I said -- on my mind I say that I'm 4-3 and serve in semifinal against Serena. So almost to the final US Open. So, yes, sometimes. But in my mind, I say, Don't think about this, because maybe you have more pressure.
Stay calm, relax, and breathe during every single points. Don't think that you have Serena on the other side of the court. Try to enjoy. Enjoy. You are in semifinal in the big stadium with a lot of public, so try to take all the positive emotion of this game.
Q. How tight or nervous did you think she was?
ROBERTA VINCI: A lot. Q. In the third set?
ROBERTA VINCI: I think a lot. Q. A lot?
ROBERTA VINCI: Yeah. She broke one racquet at the end of the second set when I won the second set, and also she make two double faults in I think 3-All, Love-15.
I don't remember, but two. And on my mind, I say, Think about this. She's nervous. So try to keep it and fight every single point. Q. She did not want to talk about disappointment, but she was happy to talk about how well you played.
She said you played the match of your life. Was that the match of your life?
ROBERTA VINCI: (Nods head.) (Shrugging.) I think so. Yeah, this is the best match that I played on my life, yeah. Q. When you were in your post game on the court and you were saying, Sorry, guys, the crowd really seemed to embrace you.
They seemed to be having as much fun as you were. What were your thoughts then?
ROBERTA VINCI: Yeah, sorry. A lot of public for her, but it's normal. Semifinal, almost to complete all Grand Slams. She deserved to win. She's the No.
1. So I was a little bit sorry for this because for me she cannot reach on the Grand Slam. So that's it. That's a lot of public for her. But the crowd was amazing, also. Also, for me at the end, a lot of -- I don't know this.
Was nice. Q. The other day you almost forecasted this and said, There might be two Italians in the final. Now it's real.
ROBERTA VINCI: Yeah. Q. Does it feel real yet?
ROBERTA VINCI: Yeah. (Smiling.) And tomorrow one Italian win for sure. (Laughter.) (Thumbs up.)