Alison Riske crashed out of the Nottingham Open in straight sets to 17-year-old Croatian Ana Konjuh in a rain-delayed semi final.
The #5 seed left the tournament in a positive mode and enthused about the pre-Wimbledon event despite her 6-3 6-4 reversal.
She said: “I’ll go and personally hug them whoever made the decision about adding another grass court tournament in England. Hopefully they can add another one in the coming years.”
Teenager Konjuh broke the world #48 in the opening game and saved three break points to carve out a two-game advantage that she utilised throughout the opening set to seal it on the hour-mark.
With some emphatic shots and deadly accuracy by both players in a hotly-contested second set, it was Konjuh who piled on the pressure and in the fifth game made the all-important break.
But American ace Riske was in no mood to exit the English grass court event so fought tooth-and-nail in the following game to break back, only to relinquish three opportunities to level matters.
With Riske serving to stay in the contest, Konjuh’s hard hitting and rushes to the net unnerved her opponent who picked up just one point on her service game to bow out.
Konjuh will contest the final against Romanian sensation Monica Niculescu, who shocked top seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland with a polished perfomance 5-7 6-4 6-0 in the other semi-final.