It was a missed opportunity for Samantha Stosur in Roland Garros, as the 19th seed and top-ranked Australian player in the world lost nine straight games to Maria Sharapova to fall in the fourth round of the French Open.
“How quickly things can turn,” Stosur said to The Associated Press. “I don't think I did much wrong. It was just one of those things. You miss a ball, she hits a good serve next one, (you) play a sloppy game, and all of a sudden, you're even — and she runs away with it.”
Stosur built a one-set lead in the match before Sharapova roared back to claim the second set 6-4 and the final set 6-0. Stosur is a three-time semifinalist at Roland Garros and was the runner-up in 2011, according to Yahoo! Sports, and was viewed as a strong contender for the French Open title after the top three women’s seeds failed to reach the round of 16.
“I know it was an opportunity lost,” Stosur said. “I thought I was there to win that match and definitely playing well enough to do so. I know that's an opportunity I'm not going to get again.”
After losing the first set and trailing 4-3 in the second set, Sharapova won nine straight games to take the match. In one stretch, Sharapova won 22 out of 25 points to take control of the match, the victory of which propels hers into the quarterfinals.
“There are so many emotions you go through in a match, and then there are always moments where you feel a bit of a momentum change,” Sharapova said. “I think you feel a lot more as a player than maybe a spectator.”
Sharapova is attempting to get to her third consecutive French Open Final. She will face Garbine Muguruza, a 20-year-old from Spain, who defeated Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the second round of French Open play.
“I love competing,” Sharapova said. “That's one of the best parts of the sport. Gives me the greatest pleasure, and I don't think anything else in life can give me that. I'm using that to my advantage while I can.”
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