Roberta Vinci has announced that she will be retiring from professional tennis in the new year. Her last match will be at her beloved Rome Masters tournament in May. Expect her to play a fairly limited singles schedule in the leadup to that final event. I would suggest enjoy her matches while you still can before she retires. Please fill this thread with interesting reminiscences about this soulful player and what you loved about her game. Here are my observations: - One of the last pure all-court stylists whose effortless style contrasted with her burning competitive fire - Beautiful, fluent game with extraordinary variety but could mix it with flourishes of modern tennis capitalizing on newer equipment and playing styles. - Could beat anyone on her day, and played with bravery despite modern court conditions no longer favouring the attacking playing style - Part of Italy's golden generation of great women players who shared powerful comradeship despite having individualistic and contrasting style (Panetta, Schiavone, Errani). Together they won every big prize in the sport. - Has a role in the history books after beating Serena Williams in what might be the greatest upset match of all time ending Williams chances for a Calendar Year Grand Slam in a modern day US Open classic.