Sam Stosur was looking to reach her first tour-level grass-court final but has gone down to defending champion Anastasija Sevastova in the Mallorca Open.
Despite going down in straight sets 7-6(1) 6-1, the tournament was a positive sign for Stosur as she made her first grass-court semifinal.
The first set was a tense affair as Stosur was able to match the third seed and respond to two lost service games with immediate breaks back.
However, in the tiebreak Sevastova was dominant racing ahead 6-0 before closing it out.
Stosur called for coach Josh Eagle at the end of the set.
She revealed that she was struggling to cope with the Latvian’s forehand, however, Sevastova was able to close out the match winning six of the seven games.
While finished with 14 winners, Stosur was hurt by 28 unforced errors compared with Sevastova’s nine.
Sevastova has a chance to defend her crown in 2018 but will come up against stiff competition, Petra Kvitova in the final.