Maria Sakkari, according to coach Tom Hill, has everything it takes to become the world No. 1. At the age of 26, Sakkari, who reached her second Grand Slam semifinal at the US Open this year, broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career this week.

Sakkari’s main ambition was to break into the top ten, but she now wants to keep climbing the ranks.

“I know Maria can become the best player in the world. I know it. Who is number one? Barty? Maria has already beaten her. Osaka? Maria has already beaten her. Kvitova? Maria has already beaten her.”

“There’s no one she can’t beat, so why not be the best? She must become a little more arrogant, she must think that she is the best. It’s possible, believe me,” Hill said on SDNA.

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Maria Sakkari. Source: gulfnews.com

Sakkari believes she may finally crack the top ten

Sakkari felt sure that she could finally fulfill her aim of making the top-10 after reaching the semifinals of the French Open.

“I felt like I was ready to do it after the French but I felt like I was still far away because I needed consistency,” Sakkari said, as per reports on Tennis Majors.

“I really felt like I was ready to do it after the French, I did not prove myself that I could do it for the next two months because I was a little inconsistent. Then after playing semis at the US Open I was 100 percent sure that I deserved to be there.

“Let’s be honest, not many players played two semifinals in Slams this year and have the results that I’m having,” Sakkari said.

“I don’t want to sound cocky but that’s the reality. That’s something that I say, so I can also hear it at the same time, to give myself the power to continue,” she further added.

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