CINCINNATI Aug 14 Flavia Pennetta became the
first Italian female to reach the world's top 10 on Friday and
said she expected a "crazy" reaction when she returned home next
The 27-year-old beat Slovak Daniela Hantuchova 6-3 6-3 to
reach the semi-finals of the Cincinnati Open and extend her
winning streak to 15 matches, ensuring she will break into the
top 10 when the new rankings are released on Monday.
"It's a dream come true," 14th seed Pennetta told reporters.
"I always hoped to be one of the best players in the world and
now I'm there so it's crazy.
"It really means a lot. Everyone expected something like
this from the beginning of the year because I was number 11 in
While Adriano Panatta and Corrado Barazzuti made the top 10
in the men's game, Pennetta is the first Italian female to do so
but she will be unable to witness the reaction back home until
her U.S. Open campaign ends.
"I have only spoken with my mum so far. I've already
received I don't know how many SMS's so I think it's going to be
crazy," said Pennetta.
"Maybe it's better for me to be here (for now). I can be
more focused. Then after this long trip of tournaments I'll go
there and really enjoy this moment."
The U.S. Open starts on Aug. 31.
(Editing by Tony Jimenez. To query or comment on this story