Today’s US Open Women’s semifinals is both historic and extremely inspiring. Veteran Italian tennis player Flavia Pennetta clinched her first every grand slam in New York on Saturday. The match is a high point in the Italian woman’s life. Pennetta’s victory came over fellow country woman Roberta Vinci. The runner-up at the 2015 US Open shocked the tennis world by defeating heavy favorite American Serena Williams in the semifinals. Vinci pulled of the what she described the match of her life when she took down Serena Williams in three sets in front of a crowd that was mostly rooting for the American. She was down a set to Williams, before she won the second, and came back from 2-0 in the third to clinch her very first grand slam final.
What I find incredibly inspiring is that both woman overcame immense odds to make it to the finals. Nobody thought they had a chance to even make it to the grand slam final. They were underdogs in their semifinals match but thoroughly outplayed their opponents to make it to their maiden grand slam final. According to USA Today sports, Pennetta was given a 150-1 chance to win the US Open and Vinci was given a 300-1 odd of winning the grand slam. These Italian women clearly defied the experts’ predictions. Both woman also defeated much higher ranked players throughout the tournament, showing that the underdog can come out on top.
Besides both women reaching a high point in their career, and defying the odds to even make it to the finals, Flavia Pennetta and Roberta Vinci have made even more history. Pennetta set another record by becoming the oldest woman in a first ever grand slam final at 33 followed by runner-up Roberta Vinci at 32 years of age. Do you feel that you are too old to something? Look at what these women did. They are at the end of their careers and have achieved something that they were unable to for so long.
What I got from their story is that good things can come to do those who believe and fight despite the odds against them. When you consider that Pennetta did not even make a single final this year, her victory is truly amazing. She had a poor start, but managed to pull off an amazing victory that nobody would have ever predicted.