Flavia Pennetta upsets Venus Williams at Cincinnati Open
Venus Williams was upset by Flavia Pennetta at the Western & Southern Financial Group Womens Open in Cincinnati.
Pennetta was dependable from the baseline throughout her 7-6 6-4 win over Williams, who routinely dumped shots into the net or knocked them wide.
Venus Williams made 38 unforced errors in the match, which ended with her forehand that sailed long.
Flavia Pennetta’s baseline game has given Williams trouble over the years. The Italian is 4-3 against the American.
“I’m really, really happy,” Pennetta said. “After winning last week in Los Angeles I took a lot of confidence and it showed on the court today.”
Pennetta won the tiebreak 7-2 and though Williams saved three break points in the eighth game of the second set, Flavia forced two match points two games later and clinched victory when her opponent sent a forehand long.
In the quarterfinals Flavia Pennetta will face the winner of the match between Vera Zvonareva and Daniela Hantuchova.
Information from Reuters