So close yet so far, Maria Sakkari was gunning for her first Grand Slam final in her career, but some key missed opportunities cost her her place.
Sakkari fought an incredible battle, but conceded to Czech unseeded tennis player Barbora Krejcikova.
Sakkari led 3-1 in the first and third set but could not strike out her opponent who found the mental reserves and made two big returns to get the victory and qualify for the Roland Garros final.
The 25-year-old seemed to pick up momentum in the second set, leading 4-0, which eventually turned into 4-3. She eventually took home two out of the three games, closing the set 6-4.
Sakkari shouted at herself after points won and lost in the final set, relentlessly targeting Krejcikova’s faltering backhand, but it was not enough to see her through.
Three hours and 17 minutes later, Krejcikova closed off the game 7-5, 4-6, 9-7.
No Greek woman has ever reached the singles final of a slam and Sakkari was the first to reach a French Open semi.
In the quarterfinals, Sakkari’s Polish opponent Iga Sviatek had been pinned as the favorite to win the French Open, but on Court Philippe-Chatrier the 17th seeded Greek was more stable and more determined in the critical points and took the victory with 6-4, 6-4.