Serena Williams’ quest for a Grand Slam came to a shocking end Friday at the U.S. Open.
Williams, the world’s No. 1 ranked player, opened the match strong, winning the first set 6-2. Vinci came back and won the second set 6-4, setting up a decisive third set. After dropping the first two games, Vinci came back to take a 4-3 lead. Williams got close, bringing the set to 5-4, but lost the next game, sealing the victory for Vinci.
Williams was on course to be the first woman to win a calendar-year Grand Slam since 1988. This was only the second time all year that William’s dropped a three-set match, bringing her record to 18-2.
Vinci’s win sets up an all-Italian final, as she faces off against fellow countrywoman Flavia Pennetta. Pennetta defeated No. 2 seed Simona Halep 6-1, 6-3 earlier in the day on Friday to advance to her first her first career Grand Slam final.
The women’s singles final is scheduled to take place on Saturday, Sept. 12, at 3 p.m.