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By Chris Oddo

(September 24, 2012) -- People tend to forget just how important Flavia Pennetta has been to Italian women's tennis. She was the first Italian women to ever crack the top ten in 2009, but after Francesca Schiavone won the French Open,  Pennetta has been forgotten by many. Pennetta also the became the first Italian women to ever reach No. 1 when she climbed to the No. 1 ranking in doubles last February, but now that Sara Errani is the No. 1 in doubles many people have forgotten this fact as well.

But Pennetta, who turned 30 years old in February and is recovering from surgery on her right wrist, deserves a lot of credit for the role she has played in the amazing success of Italian women's tennis over the last few years. She also deserves credit for being a wildly entertaining player who wears her heart on her sleeve. Even when she's not on tour she stays in touch and happily gives fans a glimpse of her unfiltered, real-life self.

Plus we like tweets that can also function as language lessons. It's one of the cooler side effects of being a tweetaholic. Translated, it means "good night everyone."

 

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