- 3.1 Individual
- 3.2 double
Flavia Pennetta began at the age of five years with the sport of tennis. She prefers to play on hard court.
Pennetta reached on 17 August 2009 with 10 rank their highest ever position in the individual World Ranking, so she stood as the first Italian woman ever in the top ten. On 28 February 2011 she was in women's doubles even the first Italian world No. 1.
At the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing Pennetta went for Italy at the start. In individual they already retired in the first round against Kaia Kanepi of Estonia from. On the side of Francesca Schiavone, she reached the quarter-finals, in which the double against the sisters Kateryna Bondarenko and Alyona from Ukraine with 1:6, 6:3, 5:7 drew the short straw.
2010 Pennetta won the tournament in Marbella by a final against Carla Suárez. The finals in Auckland and Palermo (both Category: International) against Yanina Wickmayer or the Estonian Kaia Kanepi lost in two sets. When hard court tournament in Cincinnati ( Premier 5) they lost the semi-final Kim Clijsters. Also at the tournaments in Paris and San Diego (both Category Premier), the blow came against Lucie Šafářová or Svetlana Kuznetsova in the semifinals, respectively. At the French Open, she was eliminated in the second round against Caroline Wozniacki at Wimbledon and at the U.S. Open, she reached the third round, respectively.
Much more successful was the year for them in 2010 in doubles. On the side of Gisela Dulko won seven tournaments - Miami, Stuttgart, Rome, Bastad, Montreal, Moscow, and the Masters in Doha.
In 2011 she defeated Gisela Dulko with in the final of the Australian Open pairing Azarenka / Kirilenko with 2:6, 7:5 and 6:1, winning the first Italian tennis player a title at this Grand Slam tournament. In Paris (Roland Garros ) Pennetta / Dulko failed due to the later finalists Sania Mirza and Elena Wesnina. At Wimbledon, Pennetta was defeated in single in the third round Marion Bartoli in three sets. In the Swedish Bastad it reached number 2 set to the quarterfinals. In Beijing, she moved with wins over Peng, Hantuchova and Cibulkova to reach the quarter -finals and defeated there, the former world number one Wozniacki in the tiebreak of the third set. In the semifinals she defeated Agnieszka Radwańska then with 2:6, 4:6.
2012 was for them a year without any title. She underwent an operation and, therefore, fell in the rankings even in the top 100
2013, it increased slowly during the season. The surprising semi-finals of the U.S. Open is her biggest success in the singles, she lost the match against Azarenka in straight sets. In doubles, she succeeded after a long time a tournament victory, with Kristina Mladenovic she won the WTA tournament in Osaka.
The Fed Cup won Pennetta with the Italian team in the years 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013. During their quarter-final match against France in 2009, they made but a scandal when she insulted the chair referee during the second set and it even showed the middle finger. She was warned and fined in the amount of $ 2,000. Your inferior opponent Amélie Mauresmo described them as inadequate and called for the cancellation of the match. Pennetta won in three sets, Mauresmo forgave her only match point with a double fault.
2014, it reached at the Australian Open for the first time the quarter-finals in singles, but retired there in two sets against the eventual winner Li Na of. Her biggest success in the individual, it achieved a 32- year-old with victory in the tournament in Indian Wells; it was her tenth WTA singles titles. They defeated in semifinals Li Na and Agnieszka Radwańska in the final in two sets.