Italy's Pennetta says she could delay retirement for Olympics

Flavia Pennetta of Italy reacts after losing a point against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during their women's singles third round match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (AFP Photo/WANG ZHAO)
Flavia Pennetta of Italy reacts after losing a point against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during their women's singles third round match at the China Open tennis tournament in Beijing on October 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO / WANG ZHAO (AFP Photo/WANG ZHAO)

Beijing (AFP) - Flavia Pennetta on Thursday admitted she could go back on her very public retirement announcement at the US Open final by making a bid for next year's Olympics.

The Italian, who declared she would quit this year, moments after winning the biggest title of her career, said she now reserved the right to change her mind.

Responding to a question about whether she might play at the Olympics, Pennetta said she didn't have any immediate plans to back out of retirement, but she added: "I cannot tell you how I'm going to feel in February, January.

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"If I feel I want to play, I play. I don't have to keep just one decision because I said something. I mean, nothing is going to change."

Pennetta, 33, was speaking after exiting the China Open in Beijing, where she was still soaking up congratulations for last month's US Open win and where her fiance Fabio Fognini is in the men's quarter-finals.

"Of course, it's a good moment of my life. I mean, I have everything that I always would like to have," seventh-ranked Pennetta said.

"Professionally, I'm in the perfect moment. I won one of my favourite tournaments, one of the best tournaments in the world. I have my high ranking.

"I have the person that I love with me. I mean, I just can say I'm really happy."

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