At number 12, we have the italian Flavia Pennetta!
Flavia Pennetta bio
Flavia Pennetta was the first italian to get into the WTA top-10, a feat she achieved back in 2009, a few months before Francesca Schiavone won Roland Garros.
She is one of the best doubles players in the world, climbing to world number 1 after her win at the 2011 Australian Open, making her the first italian tennis player ever to be the world number 1 in either singles or doubles, male or female.
In singles, the italian has won several titles, including two titles in consecutive weeks in Bogota and Acapulco in 2005. In doubles, she usually partnered fellow hot tennis player Gisela Dulko, and they won a Grand Slam title at the Australian open in 2011, beating Victoria Azarenka and Maria Kirilenko in the final.
The player from Brindisi got to the quarter-finals of the US Open in 2008 and 2009. In 2008 Flavia Pennetta beat Nadia Petrova and Amelie Mauresmo before losing to Dinara Safina, and in 2009 she defeated Vera Zvonareva, after saving six match points, and ultimately lost to Serena Williams.
Update: In 2013, and after a big injury break, she reached the semi-finals of the US Open without dropping a single set, definitely her best Grand Slam appearance up to date.
Flavia Pennetta was pronounced a Knight of Order of Merit of the Republic by Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano in 2007.
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