Rome – France's Kristina Mladenovic was beaten Friday in the quarter-finals of the WTA tournament in Rome by Greece's Maria Sakkari, victorious in three sets, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.
Mladenovic's fine run at Foro Italico ends with a player who, like her, was out of qualifying but better ranked (39th against 63rd).
In the main draw, the Frenchwoman beat her compatriot Caroline Garcia (22), followed by Belinda Bencic (15) and Australia's Ashleigh Barty (9).
Friday, she lost control of the game and suffered the brutal acceleration of his opponent after having led a set to zero, 2-1 and 40-0 on his service.
"It is the score of the 3rd set that is severe but it was still a big battle, a game hooked", judged Mladenovic after the game.
After a complicated start, in which Sakkari dictated the pace, the North had indeed recovered and won the first round taking more and more initiative.
While she had made the entry break in the second set, Mladenovic then failed to push the point and left Sakkari back in the game and then regain full control in a third set one way.
"I think that from there, she made a perfect match. It was pretty impressive, she was going on difficult areas and she was winning shots. She has served very well, there is nothing to say. I do not think I made a lot of mistakes tactically. But she made a perfect copy in the 3rd set and there is not much I could have done", said Mladenovic.
In view of Roland Garros, which begins in 10 days, the French was still satisfied with its recent results.
"It's a series of tournaments where I link matches, with quality matches. There is plenty to pull from all my matches, lessons, things learned. It's interesting", did she say.
In the semi-finals, Sakkari will face Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic, former world N.1. The two women had already met last season in Rome. Furious after a referee's decision, Pliskova then gave several racket shots in the referee's chair after his defeat.