In front of a packed Pietrangeli stadium on Monday in Rome, Roberta Vinci celebrated a wonderful, storied career coming to a close.
The 35-year-old Italian retired from professional tennis following a 2-6, 6-0, 6-3 loss to Aleksandra Krunic in the first round.
Vinci enjoyed an incredibly successful career as part of a golden generation of Italian women, helping win four Fed Cup titles for her nation and collecting five Grand Slam doubles trophies alongside countrywoman Sara Errani.
The former WTA doubles world No. 1 also had impressive results on the singles court, winning 10 career titles and reaching as high as No. 7. She has gone down in history for the biggest women's upset in history after shocking Serena Williams in the semifinals of the 2015 US Open—the year Williams was two matches away from the calendar-year Grand Slam.
Vinci leaves behind a legacy, and her fans and friends on tour will miss her famous smile.
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