“It was a tough match for me today. Lots of things were not going my way,” the Ukrainian said. “I wish I could handle the match a little bit different.
“But to be fair, she really played a great match. With the conditions, it was not easy for me to change something. In the end here and there I was not 100 per cent mentally on it today, and that was really disappointing.”
Podoroska’s coach, former Argentinian player Juan Pablo Guzman, was in disbelief at his charge’s unlikely run, though not for lack of dedication.
He said she continued to work hard on her fitness for two months during lockdown back in Rosario and was in no doubt at how much her breakthrough would resonate back home.
“It was an amazing journey here,” he said. “Once she entered into the main draw, she was expecting, like, to do a good job there, but not this, expecting to do a semi-finals. It's really unbelievable… I think they [in Argentina] take it as it is, like a semi-finals in a major, Grand Slam. Everybody there, the family, all the people there, it's crazy with the results.”