Roland Garros’ “bad memories” may have thwarted Maria Sakari at the US Open on Thursday, as the 17th seed fell in a Grand Slam semi-final for the second time this year.
The Greek 18-year-old was the favorite headline to compete with. Emma Radukano. At Arthur Ashe Stadium, however, he was completely defeated, lost in straight sets, struggled in service and made 33 unforgivable mistakes.
Sakari was defeated by Czech Barbora Karjikova. French Open. Halfway through June, three setter nails.
“I probably didn’t handle it properly, playing the second semifinal again this year. I had the worst memories of my last and I don’t think I handled it properly,” Skari told reporters.
“Most things don’t work out that way. You just have to accept it.”
He came in a little while. Flushing meadows. But he is very proud, he defeated former champion Bianca Andresco in a four-hour match of three hours, 30 minutes and defeated world number four Carolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals.
“I am a person who will go home and start working again because I am having the best season of my life,” he added.
“I still have great opportunities to finish where I want to end this season, no matter what.
“It’s just that I have to believe in myself, to keep doing what I’m doing.”
He praised the first qualifier to reach the Grand Slam final, Radukano, and the 19-year-old Canadian, Leila Fernandez.
“It’s huge what he’s got. They’re both young. They play fearlessly. They have nothing to lose to play against us,” he said. “They’re fighting for the title there. It’s great for both of them to be here.”