ROME (AP) — Roberta Vinci, the 2015 U.S. Open runner-up, has decided to play at least one more year of professional tennis.
Roberta Vinci of Italy celebrates her win over Christina McHale of US during their 2016 US Open Women's Singles match at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 31, 2016. / AFP / EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ (Photo credit should read EDUARDO MUNOZ ALVAREZ/AFP/Getty Images)
Contemplating retirement after losing both of her matches in straight sets at the Elite Trophy tournament this month, the 33-year-old Vinci issued a statement Monday revealing her decision.
The 18th-ranked Vinci says “I still feel like I have the desire and enthusiasm to try and do something in what is perhaps the thing I’m best at, playing tennis.”
Vinci adds “and now don’t start asking me if this will be my last year!!! See you in Australia.”
Vinci’s announcement comes a day after Italian veteran Francesca Schiavone, the 2010 French Open champion, announced that she plans to continue playing also.