Unseeded Roberta Vinci (ITA) defeated Serena Williams to end the World No.1 chase of history. Williams came out of the gate quickly, taking the first set 6-4, but the 32-year old Vinci stuck to her game plan and had the 21 time Grand Slam winner on her heels for the 2nd and 3rd set. Vinci, the World No. 43 and playing her first singles Grand Slam semi-final, caused a huge upset with a 2-6 6-4 6-4 win and delighted the crowd with her on-court interview. “I am sorry for the American people, for Serena, for the Grand Slam, but today is my day, sorry guys.
Even with this monumental loss, Williams remains the holder of all four major titles, having completed the “Serena Slam” at Wimbledon – she won the Australian Open in January, before taking the French Open title in June and Wimbledon a month later.
Vinci sliced her way to her first major final and will face countrywoman Flavia Pennetta who earlier in the day defeated World No. 2 player Simona Halep.
Saturday will see the first Grand Slam final between two Italian players since the Open era began in 1968.