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Roberta Vinci

Year after stunning Williams, Vinci returns to Open with win

A couple of days before she returned to the site of her stunning upset of Serena Williams at the 2015 U.S. Open, Roberta Vinci was grabbing a coffee at a Starbucks in Manhattan when her breakfast was interrupted by fellow customers.

"Some Americans recognized me," Vinci recounted, a mix of appreciation and bewilderment written on her face. "They complimented me, and they wished me good luck."

Regardless of whatever else may come for Vinci on — or, indeed, away from — a tennis court, the Italian will always be remembered as the woman who stopped Williams' bid to complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam in more than a quarter-century. On...