Flavia Pennetta Follows Upset Of Maria Sharapova With Upset Of Peng Shuai At 2011 US Open

Flavia Pennetta

I have to hand it to Flavia Pennetta. She looked like she couldn’t handle a third set against Peng Shuai. In fact, it looked like she wouldn’t be able to finish the second set. After getting sick on court, Pennetta fought off match points and illness to upset #13 seed Peng Shuai 6-4 7-6 (6). Honestly, Peng Shuai should have won the second set tie-break but was a bit tentative once she had a lead on Flavia. Although the match was only two sets, it took 2 hours and 31 minutes as Peng forced Flavia into long rallies. It was a good strategy in the heat and nearly worked as Flavia was running on fumes at the end. Peng, whom I recently wrote a post on about being the next Chinese tennis superstar, really wasted an opportunity here. If she had closed out the second set tie-break, Flavia was in big trouble. I’d also say Peng would have been the favorite in the next round. She really let a great opportunity to maybe reach the semifinals of a Major go with passive play in the tie-break. That said, all credit must be given to Flavia Pennetta who literally gutted it out and earned her spot in the quarterfinals.

FLAVIA PENNETTA

PENG SHUAI

 

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