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Greek Sakkari boosts chances of making WTA Finals cut

The 26-year-old made five semi-finals during the 2021 season, including the French and the U.S. Open majors, before finishing runner-up at the WTA 500 event in Ostrava, Czech Republic, last week.
 Greece's Maria Sakkari in action(REUTERS)
 Greece's Maria Sakkari in action(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 28, 2021 12:29 PM IST
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Sakkari, Kontaveit advance to Ostrava Open final

  • Fourth-seeded Sakkari broke her Polish opponent for a 6-5 lead in the final set before converting her first match point when Swiatek’s forehand went wide. The Greek advanced to her first final since 2019 after losing nine straight WTA semifinals.
Greece's Maria Sakkari reacts during her semi final match against Poland's Iga Swiatek(REUTERS)
Greece's Maria Sakkari reacts during her semi final match against Poland's Iga Swiatek(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 25, 2021 10:49 PM IST
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Emma Raducanu stuns Sakkari to reaches US Open final

Sakkari then fought off five break points in a near 10-minute seventh game but the 18-year-old Raducanu would not be denied and went on to seal the match to set up a final against fellow teen Leylah Fernandez of Canada.
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain defeats Maria Sakkari of Greece in US Open semifinal(USA TODAY Sports)
Emma Raducanu of Great Britain defeats Maria Sakkari of Greece in US Open semifinal(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Sep 10, 2021 10:02 AM IST
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Rock-solid Sakkari reaches U.S. Open semi-final

Maria Sakkari was rock-solid with excellent court coverage through the first set, getting the early break as she put up a dozen winners and three aces, as Pliskova struggled to keep up.
Maria Sakkari(USA TODAY Sports)
Maria Sakkari(USA TODAY Sports)
Published on Sep 09, 2021 08:25 AM IST
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Scrappy Sakkari survives gruelling three-setter to beat Andreescu

Sakkari helped the Canadian to an early break in the first set with a trio of double faults before finding her footing.
Maria Sakkari(AP)
Maria Sakkari(AP)
Published on Sep 07, 2021 01:02 PM IST
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Sofia Kenin Kenin loses in 4th round to Sakkari at French Open

At No. 4, Kenin was the highest-seeded player left in the tournament. She was the runner-up at Roland Garros last October, and was seeking her second major title.
Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in action during her fourth-round match against Greece's Maria Sakkari(REUTERS)
Sofia Kenin of the U.S. in action during her fourth-round match against Greece's Maria Sakkari(REUTERS)
Updated on Jun 07, 2021 09:22 PM IST
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Osaka's 23-match win streak ends against Sakkari in Miami

  • The defeat was Naomi Osaka's first since February 2020, and it ended any chance of reclaiming the No. 1 ranking this week from Ash Barty, who is in the semifinals.
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts during her match against Maria Sakkari, of Greece, in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Sakkari won 6-0, 6-4. (AP)
Naomi Osaka, of Japan, reacts during her match against Maria Sakkari, of Greece, in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open tennis tournament Wednesday, March 31, 2021, in Miami Gardens, Fla. Sakkari won 6-0, 6-4. (AP)
Published on Apr 01, 2021 07:55 AM IST
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Serena battles past Sakkari to reach US Open quarters

Early nerves saw Williams start with a double fault, but the veteran then found her footing, playing strong defensive tennis to save all three break points against her in the first set.
Serena Williams reacts after winning the match point in the third set during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Maria Sakkari of Greece.(Getty Images)
Serena Williams reacts after winning the match point in the third set during her Women’s Singles fourth round match against Maria Sakkari of Greece.(Getty Images)
Updated on Sep 08, 2020 09:04 AM IST
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Time warning flusters Serena Williams in meek 3-set NY loss

This was Williams’ fifth match since professional tennis resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic after a hiatus of nearly six months — and all five have gone three sets. She is 3-2 in that stretch.
Serena Williams serves to Maria Sakkari, of Greece, during the third round at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Serena Williams serves to Maria Sakkari, of Greece, during the third round at the Western & Southern Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)(AP)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 10:38 AM IST
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Petra Kvitova fights back to reach Australian Open quarter-finals

Petra Kvitova came from a set down and took full advantage as her Greek opponent Maria Sakkari’s self-belief drained away to advance to the Australian Open quarter-finals.
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic waves after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari.(AP)
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic waves after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari.(AP)
Updated on Jan 26, 2020 10:18 AM IST
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Barty reaches Cincinnati semis, Osaka retires with knee injury

Barty, the Australian top seed, on Friday engineered her second comeback in as many days, overhauling Maria Sakkari 5-7, 6-2, 6-0.
Aug 16, 2019; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) reacts to defeating Maria Sakkari (GRE) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center.(USA TODAY Sports)
Aug 16, 2019; Mason, OH, USA; Ashleigh Barty (AUS) reacts to defeating Maria Sakkari (GRE) during the Western and Southern Open tennis tournament at Lindner Family Tennis Center.(USA TODAY Sports)
Updated on Aug 17, 2019 02:17 PM IST
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Top seeds reign as Svitolina and Sabalenka advance in San Jose

Svitolina’s superior serving was the difference in the one-sided match as the Ukrainian set up a tantalizing quarter-final meeting with Greece’s Maria Sakkari on Thursday.
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine(AP)
Elina Svitolina of Ukraine(AP)
Updated on Aug 01, 2019 02:14 PM IST
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Australian Open 2019: Cricket fan Barty storms into fourth round

Barty, seeded 15, saw off the unseeded Sakkari 7-5, 6-1 in 82 minutes to reach the last 16, her best performance at Melbourne Park after third round appearances in 2018 and 2017.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne.(AP)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty celebrates after defeating Greece's Maria Sakkari during their third round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne.(AP)
Updated on Jan 18, 2019 08:57 AM IST
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Australian Open 2019: ‘Short and strong’ Ashleigh Barty enjoying taste of Open success

The diminutive 22-year-old has been earning rave reviews from Australian pundits, with one TV commentator describing her as “Federer-esque”.
Australia's Ashleigh Barty waves to spectators after winning the match against China's Wang Yafan(REUTERS)
Australia's Ashleigh Barty waves to spectators after winning the match against China's Wang Yafan(REUTERS)
Updated on Jan 16, 2019 10:10 AM IST
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Hopman Cup: Roger Federer fires Switzerland into final

The 37-year-old Federer kept his unbeaten record this week intact against the 15th-ranked Tsitsipas, but there was little between the pair in both sets.
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during their men's singles match on day six of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth.(AFP)
Roger Federer of Switzerland hits a return against Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece during their men's singles match on day six of the Hopman Cup tennis tournament in Perth.(AFP)
Updated on Jan 03, 2019 11:12 PM IST
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Serena Williams sweeps Hopman Cup singles ahead of Slam record bid

The winner of 23 Slam singles titles, Williams was made to work a little harder than expected by young Brit Katie Boulter in the United States’ final group tie, but prevailed in straight sets to make it three victories from as many outings.
Serena Williams returns the ball during her match against Katie Boulter in the Hopman Cup in Perth.(AP)
Serena Williams returns the ball during her match against Katie Boulter in the Hopman Cup in Perth.(AP)
Updated on Jan 03, 2019 01:31 PM IST
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Serena Williams pulls US level at Hopman Cup

The 37-year-old was rusty and down an early break but did enough to record a comfortable 7-6 (3), 6-2 victory in one hour and 44 minutes in the women’s singles match.
Serena Williams of the United States reacts to a missed point during her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth.(AP)
Serena Williams of the United States reacts to a missed point during her match against Maria Sakkari of Greece at the Hopman Cup in Perth.(AP)
Updated on Dec 31, 2018 02:00 PM IST
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Furious Karolina Pliskova damages umpire’s chair, Simona Halep cruises in Italian Open

Karolina Pliskova had argued heatedly with umpire Marta Mrozinska after her smash was called out when serving at 30-30 and 5-5 in the final set, and Maria Sakkari won the game before serving out the match in the Italian Open second round on Wednesday.
Karolina Pliskova exchanged a brief word with Maria Sakkari at the end of their second round Italian Open tennis game in Rome on Wednesday, before approaching referee Marta Mrozinska with an outstretched hand then withdrawing it and repeatedly smashing the chair with her racquet.(AFP)
Karolina Pliskova exchanged a brief word with Maria Sakkari at the end of their second round Italian Open tennis game in Rome on Wednesday, before approaching referee Marta Mrozinska with an outstretched hand then withdrawing it and repeatedly smashing the chair with her racquet.(AFP)
Updated on May 17, 2018 10:14 AM IST
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