|Height:||5 ft 7 1/2 in (1.72 m)|
Flavia Pennetta, is an Italian tennis player who put her rackets aside to become a model. The change of career was not permanent, it was just an opportunity for her to strut her stuff on a catwalk in Milan to present creations from Pin-Up Stars Summer Collection of bikinis.
She is one of Italy's favourite heroines and on 24th January 2007 she was pronounced a Knight of the Order of Merit of the Republic by the President of Italy.
Born on February 25th 1982 in Brindisi, she became Italy's first Top 10 female player on 17th August 2009, and as of November 1st 2010 she has a World ranking of number 23 in singles and number 2 in doubles.
She is well known for her relationship with ATP Tour Player Carlos Moya whom she dated from 2005-2007. They lived in an apartment in Verbier but split up when he fell in love with someone else. She decided to keep the apartment as she finds Verbier very relaxing and there are a lot of Italians there as it is near Turin.
It was in mid 2007 that Moya told her he had fallen in love with actress Carolina Cerezuela and he moved out of the Swiss apartment they shared. He has been with the actress ever since and they now have a baby girl Carla who was born in Mallorca in August 2010. Moya has now retired from the ATP tour due to a long-standing foot injury from which he failed to recover, and he now runs a gym in Mallorca.
Pennetta found the split very upsetting and said 2007 was her worst year ever. She has refused to date anyone else since, even though a number of ATP players have tried to date her.
She has won nine WTA singles including back-to-back in Bogota and Acapulco in 2005 and she was in the victorious Italian Federation Cup Team when they beat Belgium in the 2006 final. She was also a member of their winning team in 2009 and 2010 when they beat USA both times in the final.
Pennetta was introduced to tennis at the age of 5-years-old by her father Oronza and at the age of 17 she won the girls doubles title at the French Open with fellow Italian Roberta Vinci.
She started playing on the ITF circuit in 1997 and reached the Top 100 in the World Rankings for the first time on September 23rd 2002. She has always said Monica Seles was her inspiration and idol.
She has started 2011 well when she beat World number 2 Vera Zvonareva 7-5/7-5 in a tough match at the Meadowbank International in Sydney.
At the Australian Open 2011 she beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino in the first round 6-2/6-2/7-3 in just 72 minutes.