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Video:Profile of Flavia Pennetta

with Scott Richey

Flavia Pennetta has had a whirlwind career as a top women's tennis player. Learn about the ups and downs of the career of this famous Italian athlete in this video from About.com.See Transcript

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Transcript:Profile of Flavia Pennetta

Hi, I'm Scott Richey. In this About.com video, we're going to discuss the career of Flavia Pennetta.

Flavia Pennetta's Early Career

Flavia Pennetta is a women's tennis player who was born in 1982. She holds a number of records in her home country of Italy, like being the first Italian player to hold the number one rank in singles play, an accomplishment she achieved in 2009. Pennetta was the first Italian woman to make it into the top ten of the WTA singles rankings.

Pennetta began playing tennis at the young age of five after being urged by her father to start. She won her first junior title at the age of seventeen playing doubles at the 1999 French Open. This was just the start of a career that would lead her to defeat many top-ranked champions over the next few years, like Justine Henin, Maria Sharapova and Venus Williams.

Flavia Pennetta's Career On the Rise

Pennetta turned pro in 2000 and was ranked in the top 100 in 2002. 2003 was the first year in which Flavia made the main draws of the majors; she reached the third round at the French Open and the second at Wimbledon, but lost in the first rounds of the Australian Open and US Open. Her 2004 results in the majors were disappointing, as she lost in the first rounds of all four.

She fared better over the next few years, making it to the fourth round of Wimbledon in 2005 before losing to Mary Pierce, and the third round of the Australian Open in 2006. She defeated 8th seeded Venus Williams in the third round of the French Open in 2008, only to be taken down by Carla Suárez Navarro after that. It wasn't until that same year that she finally made it to the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam tournament, this time losing out to Dinara Safina at the US Open.

Pennetta's Tennis Career

Pennetta made it to the third round of Wimbledon in 2011 before being defeated by Marion Bartoli in a close match. She also reached the third round of the US Open that year.

Pennetta has continued to play well in 2012, but she has been unable to get past the third round in the Australian or the French Open in both singles and doubles play.

As of June of 2012, she was ranked 17th in the world.

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