It was supposed to be No. 1 vs. No. 2 in the women’s US Open final. Instead, it’s Italian vs. Italian.
The first women’s semifinal was surprising. No. 26 Flavia Pennetta routed No. 2 Simona Halep in straight sets. The second women’s semifinal was downright unbelievable. Unranked Roberta Vinci, pegged as a 300-1 underdog, shocked No. 1 Serena Williams, who had not only won about a million (OK, 26) straight matches at the US Open, but looked set to capture the calendar grand slam in simple fashion. Then she topped it off with an awesome post-match interview.
Now, the pair of Italian women, neither of whom have even appeared in a major singles final before now, will battle it out at Flushing Meadows.
Before they do so, the men’s doubles title will be on the line, and just like with Pennetta and Vinci, a first-time champion will be crowned, as No. 8 seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers meet No. 12 Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicholas Mahut. Both teams appeared in major finals earlier this year (the former at Wimbledon, the latter at the Australian Open), but both came up short. That will change for one team on Saturday.
Here’s a look at when to catch all the Day 13 (Saturday, September 12) action:
Arthur Ashe Stadium
Note: All times ET. If there is no time listed, it immediately follows the previous match
(8) Jamie Murray and John Peers vs. (12) Pierre-Hughes Herbert and Nicholas Mahut: 12 p.m.
(26) Flavia Pennetta vs. Roberta Vinci: Not before 3 p.m.