New York: Roberta Vinci shrugged off her US Open final loss to fellow Italian Flavia Pennetta by dreaming of homemade pasta and enjoying her last New York hamburger.
Far from being despondent after her 7-6 (7/4), 6-2 loss to her childhood friend, the 32-year-old Vinci instead showed off a nice line in stand-up comedy.
Poking fun at what she described as her poor command of English, Vinci admitted she was a fan of the host city but yearned for her home in Taranto in the south of Italy.
"I love New York. Today probably this is my last cheeseburger, and then tomorrow pasta, real pasta at home," she said, raising her hands to the sky in mock relief.
"But, no, I enjoy all the season, all the US Open season. I play so good. Yeah, my emotions are difficult to say, especially in English."
Vinci had defeated Serena Williams in the semi-finals, shattering the American's bid to capture the first calendar Grand Slam since 1988.
She joked that she received as many messages of congratulations for her English as she did for her victory, comfortably one of the greatest shocks in the history of the sport. "I receive a lot of congratulations about my interview, but my English is so bad."
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