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Tennis: Pennetta celebrates biggest career win

V for victory in bed with Fognini

17 March, 13:37
Tennis: Pennetta celebrates biggest career win (ANSA) - Rome, March 17 - Flavia Pennetta on Monday celebrated the biggest singles win of her 15-year career, Sunday's 6-2 6-1 victory over world number 3 Agnieszka Radwanska in the final of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells. Pennetta, 32, posted a picture on her Twitter account of her and Italian men's No 1 Fabio Fognini lying in bed giving a V for Victory sign.

"(He's my) assistant coach for the week," Pennetta tweeted about the world No 14, with whom she has been romantically linked in the press. "I'm really happy," Pennetta said about her first WTA singles win since 2010 and 10th in all, not counting the doubles where she has won 15 trophies.

"Miami here we come," she said, referring to the next big tournament on the men's and women's circuit. Pennetta, who beat top-seeded Chinese Li Na, the world number two, in the Indian Wells semis, had an easier-than-expected win over an injured Radwanska.

The 20th seed was helped by the Pole's knee injury that required a lengthy medical time-out in the second set. Pennetta, who now climbs to 12th in the rankings, wrapped it up with six games in a row after an hour and 13 minutes. "It's incredible, something amazing," said Pennetta, the first Italian woman to get into the top 10, in August 2009. "The first set was I think pretty good. I tried to go for winners. Second set, I see she has a physical problem and I started thinking too much". Pennetta struggled with both a back and wrist injury after 2010, dropping as low as 166th in the world. She was considering retirement before reaching the semi-finals of the US Open last year. "The feeling and everything was so bad," she added. "And now, after one year, we have the trophy".

Radwanska, 25, said: "I think it's just the worst thing for a player to not give the 100%, especially in the final of the big event".