The former champion of the US Open, Flavia Pennetta, says that the women’s game currently lacks a new superstar young after Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.
Flavia Pennetta says that women’s tennis lacks a superstar after Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova
In an interview to The Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno, Pennetta said: “In men, are Federer, Nadal and Djokovic who have created an incredible history of tennis in the last 15 years, but behind them there are already young solid and consistent”.
In women, there is no longer an icon, the one that “sells” tickets. Serena Williams is still there, but she is also starting to fight back. Sharapova withdrew and was an icon, even outside of the court. On the one hand, all the tournaments are fun because almost anyone can win, but it makes us think, because before the first 10 were a level or two, above the others “.
While Pennetta has ruled out a return to tennis, although her husband Fabio Fognini would like to do so, she says that she will always remain connected with the sport. “There is still tennis in my life. I like to play, I like to follow”.
It’s something that I’m not very close today because I have young children. And I focus on them, but I think that it will forever linked to tennis in any way. Even if I still don’t know what “. Pennetta also says that misses the tennis of the previous generation with which he grew up.
“The tennis of the time of Sabatini, Agassi, Graf, Seles, Capriati is wonderful. I grew up with them, I had the poster of Monica behind the door. It is the tennis that personally strange, because it is what I grew up with. Probably the young people of today don’t even know who they are. “
Flavia Pennetta, of 38 years, became the first Italian to be the world number 1 in doubles in February 2011. He won his first Grand Slam title at the US Open in 2015. Won ten WTA titles, including Indian Wells 2014. Masters and helped Italy win the team competition of the Fed Cup four times in 2006, 2009, 2010 and 2013.
Its main points in doubles, including winning the Final of the WTA of 2010 and the Australian Open of 2011. Maria Sharapova retired in January of this year. Serena Williams is still in the Top 10 currently and complies with 39 years in September.