Maria Sakkari laments 'rookie mistake' during French Open semi-final, but vows to 'learn from it'
Maria Sakkari laments ‘rookie mistake’ during French Open semi-final, but vows to ‘learn from it’
She came within a point of reaching a maiden Grand Slam final and “got a little bit stressed”, but Maria Sakkari says she will “embrace it and just move forward”.
Sakkari stood on the verge of becoming the first Greek woman to reach a major singles final as she found herself on the verge of glory as she had match point at 5-3 in the deciding set against Barbora Krejcikova, but the Czech produced a winner and went on to win 7-5, 4-6, 9-7 in three hours and 18 minutes.
“Yeah, I have to be deadly honest: I got stressed, starting thinking that I’m a point away from being in the final. I guess it’s a rookie mistake,” the world No 17 admitted after the match.
“Just got a little bit stressed, got a little bit more passive on my game. Yeah, didn’t go for it. I just didn’t play offensive. I was a little bit defensive, especially in the big points.”
She added: “Today’s …
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