By her own admission, 2015 is to be Roberta Vinci’s penultimate season on the professional tour. The 32-year old, who spoke to reporters after her semi-final loss to Venus Williams in Zhuhai, specifically stated that she would hang up her boots for good at the end of next season.
Vinci had a great season this year, especially in its latter half, as she stunned tournament favourite – and potential career grand slam winner – Serena Williams in the semi-finals at Flushing Meadows. Though she lost the final to her friend and compatriot Flavia Pennetta, Vinci seemed to be quite happy for Pennetta than be upset about her not winning her maiden major.
Following the US Open, Vinci made it to the semi-finals in Wuhan, before losing to eventual champion Venus Williams in a tough three-setter. Ranked within the top-50 prior to the US Open, Vinci’s success at the US Open and in Wuhan saw her commandingly break into the top-20.
Ending her season, with a participation in the WTA Elite Trophy, Vinci is now ranked 15th in the world, just four places away from her career best ranking of 11, which she attained almost two years ago, in 2013. In addition to playing singles, Vinci is also an accomplished doubles player, winning all four grand slam titles in doubles, alongside reaching the semi-finals of the WTA finals in doubles.
She's also been a part of the Italian Fed Cup team in each of its four Fed Cup title wins.
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Roberta Vinci tells reporters in Zhuhai that next year will be her final season. "For me, next year is the last." — WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) November 7, 2015