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US Open Champion Flavia Pennetta Joins 2015 Tianjin Open

2015-9-28


28 September, 2015 - Tianjin Open announced today that US Open Champion Flavia Pennetta is the last marquee player to join the 2015 edition to be held at the Tianjin Tuanbo International Tennis Center from 10-18 October in Tianjin, China.

Last month Pennetta won the first grand slam title of her career at the US Open defeating childhood friend Roberta Vinci. Her incredible run to the title propelled her from No.26 to a new career-high WTA Ranking of seven and in the process became the first Italian to ever break into the WTA Top 10.

Pennetta has won 10 WTA singles titles, including the 2014 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, in which she defeated the top two seeds, both of whom were ranked inside the Top 3. During her illustrious career Pennetta has defeated multiple Grand Slam singles champions including the likes of Justine Henin, Mary Pierce, Martina Hingis, Amélie Mauresmo, Venus Williams, Li Na, Petra Kvitova and Maria Sharapova.

The Italian returns to Tianjin Open after last year teaming up with Martina Hingis to play doubles. “It was a great stay in Tianjin. The tournament was really nicely organised and the venue was really impressive. The tournament is very professionally organised and hopefully I'll have another enjoyable experience there this year for my last ever WTA International tournament," Pennetta said.

Pennetta announced her retirement after winning the US Open saying on-court during the presentation ceremony, "Win or lose today, nothing was going to change. The decision was already there."

Pennetta joins an already star-studded singles field featuring Agnieszka Radwanksa, Belinda Bencic, Karolina Pliskova and Elina Svitolina, while global icon Martina Hingis will also be returning to play doubles at the USD 500,000 prize money event.

“We want to be able to showcase the best players in the world here in Tianjin, and we could not be more excited to have Flavia coming to play her last WTA International at the Tianjin Open. To have five WTA Top 20 players competing shows how quickly the tournament has grown in it’s brief history,” added Tournament Director Stephen Duckitt.

With five positions remaining for the race to the WTA Finals in Singapore, the Tianjin Open may determine the final qualifiers for the season-ending championships.



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