Samantha Stosur’s incredible Roland Garros run ground to a halt with a straight set reversal at the hands of #4 seed Garbine Muguruza.
The gusty Aussie ace, who arrived in Paris suffering from a left wrist injury that meant her most powerful weapon – a thundering double-handed backhand – had to be shelved.
And she missed that in the semi-final showdown against Spain’s Muguruza, ousted 6-2 6-4.
Stosur is a previous runner-up on the red clay in Paris, and if Muguruza can repeat such a dominant display then she has a fantastic opportunity to defeat American superstar Serena Williams when she plays her first ever French Open final.
Stosur struggled throughout the opening set, and trailing 5-1 was overpowered by Muguruza – who hardly made an error to serve up some ferocious and precise shots to stun Stosur and position her like a puppet with deep drives.
And Devonshire Park-bound Stosur slipped behind 2-0 at the start of the second set before battling back to square matters, for the first time firing on all cylinders and taking control of the net at every opportunity.
These new tactics only worked initially, with Muguruza making no mistake to dismantle the veteran and break her serve twice for a 5-2 advantage.
With Stosur staring defeat in the face, she buckled down and tried to go for spectacular shots to stay in the contest.
As a result of her cavalier approach, Stosur captured the next two games to have a fighting chance of forcing a decisive set.
And although the Australian picked up the first point on Muguruza’s serve, there was no escape for Stosur who saw the Spaniard wrap the match up by winning three points on the bounce that included two thunderous aces.
Stosur now turns her attention to grass, warming up for Wimbledon at her usual haunt of Eastbourne for the Aegon International.
Muguruza meanwhile has her shot at gunning down Williams, which is possible considering that the French Open serves up shock champions from the WTA Tour.
Victory for Muguruza will elevate her over Eastbourne-bound Agnieszka Radwanska, the Polish world #2, in Monday’s world rankings.