Maria Sakkari, a Greek tennis player, has been outstanding on the court so far in 2021. This year, she reached the semi-finals of both the French Open and the US Open, and she has played some incredible tennis.
Despite the fact that she has yet to win a Grand Slam, she has put up some incredible performances.
Maria Sakkari has entered the top ten in the WTA rankings. It’s worth noting that this is the first time a Greek women’s tennis player has cracked the top ten of the WTA rankings.
As a result of her finish as runner-up in the Ostrava Open 2021, she has significantly improved her ranking.
Maria Sakkari tells that she has always believed in herself
Sakkari, who is now 26 years old, has never given up on her aim of becoming one of the top ten women’s tennis players in the world.
She revealed in an interview with the WTA Insider that she has always believed in herself despite the odds. She also expressed gratitude to everyone who has supported her throughout her journey.
“People don’t realize how big it is for someone who at the age of 26 – not the age of 20 – cracks into the Top 10. When no one believed I could do it, myself and the people around me really believed in me,” said Sakkari.
Maria Sakkari becomes the 1st 🇬🇷 woman to break into the Top 10:— WTA Insider (@WTA_insider) September 27, 2021
“People don’t realize how big it is for someone who at the age of 26 – not the age of 20 – cracks into the Top 10. When no one believed I could do it, myself and the people around me really believed in me.” pic.twitter.com/J4yy0Bp2Vt
Sakkari did not win the WTA Ostrava Open this year, but she wowed the crowd with her incredible tennis. She didn’t drop a set until the finals, where she led a fantastic campaign.
While she easily overcame Jelena Ostapenko and Tereza Martincova in the first and second rounds, fans didn’t have high expectations for her in the semi-finals against Iga Swiatek. To everyone’s surprise, however, the Greek player beat her in straight sets and qualified for the finals.
Sakkari, on the other hand, was defeated in the final by Anett Kontaveit. With the points she gained as the runner-up, she was able to climb to the tenth slot in the WTA rankings and represent her country well.
After this, Maria Sakkari is expected to compete in the Indian Wells Masters in 2021.