Tennis: Pennetta celebrates biggest career win

IMG class=hide alt=”Tennis: Pennetta celebrates biggest career win” src=”” (By Denis Greenan). P(ANSA) – Rome, March 17 – Flavia Pennetta on Monday celebrated the biggest singles win of her 15-year career, Sunday’s 6-2 6-1 victory over world number 3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Pennetta, 32, posted a picture on her Twitter account of her and Italian men’s No 1 Fabio Fognini lying in bed giving a V for Victory sign./PP”Assistant coach of the week!!! Really happy…Miami we come” she tweeted./PPPennetta has been romantically linked in the press recently with Fognini, the world No 14./PPIn an interview with Eurosport later Monday, Pennetta said: “I hadn’t won a tournament for such a long time…I wanted to reach 10 in my career because double figures inspired me, and now I’ve done it./PP”I’ve worked a lot to return to these levels,” she added./PP”I’m very happy, not euphoric, but perhaps I still have to get my head round this success./PP”Where do I want to arrive? “I want to keep on like this, keep trying to do my best, to push on, to keep fighting for points, never give in”./PPAs for Fognini, she said: “We’re (just) friends, we’ve known each other for ages and right now we are putting up with each other”./PPPennetta’s victory was her first WTA singles win since 2010 and 10th in all, not counting the doubles where she has won 15 trophies./PPPennetta, who beat top-seeded Chinese Li Na, the world number two, in the Indian Wells semis, had an easier-than-expected win over an injured Radwanska./PPThe 20th seed was helped by the Pole’s knee injury that required a lengthy medical time-out in the second set. Pennetta, who now climbs to 12th in the rankings, wrapped it up with six games in a row after an hour and 13 minutes. “It’s incredible, something amazing,” said Pennetta, the first Italian woman to get into the top 10, in August 2009. “The first set was I think pretty good. I tried to go for winners. Second set, I see she has a physical problem and I started thinking too much”. Pennetta struggled with both a back and wrist injury after 2010, dropping as low as 166th in the world. She was considering retirement before reaching the semi-finals of the US Open last year. “The feeling and everything was so bad,” she added. “And now, after one year, we have the trophy”./PPRadwanska, 25, said: “I think it’s just the worst thing for a player to not give the 100%, especially in the final of the big event”./PPThe president of the Italian Olympic Committee (CONI), Giovanni Malag

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