Qualifier Raducanu overtakes Sakkari and prepares for US Open final among teens

Roland Garros “bad memories” may have frustrated Maria Sakkari 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 was the favorite heading into her encounter with 18-year-old qualifier Emma Raducanu at Arthur Ashe Stadium, but was totally outmatched, losing in straight sets, struggling on serve and committing 33 unforced errors.

Sakkari lost to Czech Barbora Krejcikova in the semi-finals of the French Open in June, an exciting triplet.

“I probably didn’t handle it the right way, playing a second semi-final again this year. I had bad memories of the last one and I think I didn’t handle it the right way,” Sakkari told reporters.

“Things don’t go your way most of the time. You just have to accept that.”

She fell short at Flushing Meadows, but she has a lot to be proud of, beating former champion Bianca Andreescu in a grueling three-hour and 30-minute fourth-round match and defeating world number four Karolina Pliskova in the quarterfinals. .

“I am a person that I will come home to and work hard again because I am having the best season of my life,” he added.

“I still have a very good chance of finishing where I want to finish this season no matter what happened here.

“It’s just that I have to keep believing in myself, keep doing what I’m doing.”

He offered words of praise for Raducanu, the first classified to reach a Grand Slam final, and his opponent in the deciding match, 19-year-old Canadian Leylah Fernández.

“It is enormous what he has achieved. They are both young. They play without fear. They have nothing to lose playing against us,” he said. “They are fighting for that title. Well done to both of you for getting here.”


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