World No. 18 Maria Sakkari was visibly disappointed with the performance she delivered in the US Open semifinal against 150th-ranked Emma Raducanu. Sakkari fell short in her attempt to make her maiden Grand Slam semifinal as qualifier Raducanu claimed a 6-1 6-4 win.
"Well, clearly things didn't go well. I wasn't myself on court. Yeah, I couldn't make many balls. I gave her so many chances. Didn't even, like, push her with my game," Sakkari said. "She found everything pretty easy from my side.
But credit to her. She took her chances."
Sakkari failed to deliver the tennis she wanted
Sakkari was beaten in the French Open semifinal a few months ago and she knew what mistakes no to do in her second Grand Slam semifinal.
Unfortunately for the Greek, she again repeated the same mistakes. "!I did not feel more pressure after Aryna lost. It's just that I probably didn't handle it the right way, playing a second semifinal again this year.
I had bad memories from my last one and I think I did not handle it the right way. Things don't go your way most of the times. You just have to accept that," Sakkari noted. "I'm a person that I'll go back home and I'll start working hard again because I'm having the best season of my life.
I still have very good chances 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." Sakkari felr nothing but regret after failing to deliver a good performance against Raducanu.
"I mean, I think I fought until the last point. It's tough to get yourself back in the match when nothing is going right and everything is going very good for the opponent," Sakkari added. "It's just that my serve was not there.
My groundstrokes. I was missing a lot, which is not very natural for me. I think I did not handle the pressure of playing another semifinal once again. It happens. It's human emotions."