Serena Williams-conqueror Roberta Vinci had booked air ticket for Saturday

New York: Roberta Vinci was so convinced she would lose to Serena Williams in the US Open tennis semi-finals that she booked a flight out for Saturday, never expecting to reach the championship match.

Roberta Vinci
Roberta Vinci 

But Vinci's "magic moment" has forced a major change in plan. The 32-year-old Italian stunned 21-time Grand Slam champion Williams 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 on Friday, dooming the top-ranked defending champion's dream of completing a calendar Grand Slam and matching the Open Era record with a 22nd career Grand Slam crown.

"I called my travel agency to say, OK, book me a flight, because you know... and then now I have my final tomorrow," Vinci said. "So it's incredible."

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