Sam Stosur in action during her semifinal loss to Anastasia Sevastova at the Mallorca Open (photo credit: Manuel Queimadelos/Mallorca Open)

Sevastova ends Sam’s run in Mallorca

Bidding to reach her first tour-level grass-court final, Sam Stosur went down to defending champion Anastasija Sevastova on Saturday at the Mallorca Open.

The first set was a tense affair, with Stosur, ranked No.98, matching the third seed and responding to two lost service games with immediate breaks back.

But once the set arrived at the tiebreak, Sevastova dominated, racing ahead 6-0 and closing it out two points later as Stosur started to suffer under the weight of her errors.

Stosur called for coach Josh Eagle at the end of the set and revealed that she was struggling to cope with the Latvian’s forehand, which she claimed wasn’t “coming through” the court in the same way that her backhand did.

And the Australian’s struggles persisted in the second set; Sevastova won six of seven games to complete a 7-6(1) 6-1 win.

Both women finished with 14 winners yet Stosur was hurt by an unforced error tally of 28 compared with Sevastova’s nine.

It was nevertheless an encouraging week for Stosur, who advanced to her first grass-court semifinal in seven years and who is projected to rise to No.87 in next week’s rankings.

Sevastova, meanwhile, moves through to the Mallorca final for the third straight year.