Canadian Eugenie Bouchard is still a win away from reaching her first grand slam tennis final, as she fell to the seventh seed Maria Sharapova 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the French Open semi-final in Paris.
The win marks the nineteenth consecutive match the Russian star has won on clay courts.
Sharapova is looking for her fifth major title, having won the Australian, French, Wimbledon and US Open titles once in her career.
ESPN network analyst and seven-time French champion Chris Evert said “That match was worthy of a final.”
The loss ended a ten match winning streak for Bouchard, as she won her first WTA title at a warm up tournament in Germany prior to the second major of the season.
The Montrealer is the only female this year to reach the semi-finals in both grand slams. She lost to eventual champion Li Na at the Australian Open.
The 20-year-old’s world ranking will move up. Bouchard came to Roland Garros, ranked 16th on the planet. She will move up to number 12 next week.
Bouchard’s is now zero for three in matches versus Sharapova.
Romania’s Simona Halep will play in her first major final when she meets the Russian for the French Open title.
Match highlights and Bouchard’s post match news conference below: