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Flavia Pennetta says 10 percent chance she plays in Rio Olympics

Flavia Pennetta

Flavia Pennetta, of Italy, holds up the championship trophy after beating Roberta Vinci, of Italy, in the women’s championship match of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)


Flavia Pennetta may be retiring after this season following her surprise U.S. Open title, but the Italian is not ruling out playing at least one 2016 tournament -- the Rio Olympics.

Pennetta, 33, said Sunday there is a 10 percent chance that she would play in the first Olympic tennis tournament in South America in August, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Even if she does not play any WTA Tour events next year, Pennetta would still be eligible for the Olympics because she will have rankings points by the June cutoff date and has met the minimum Fed Cup representation rules.

Pennetta competed for Italy at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics in singles and doubles with Francesca Schiavone, going no farther than the quarterfinals.

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