Maria Sakkari is a Greek professional tennis player. She has a career-high world ranking of 3 and is a two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist.
Name: Maria Sakkari
Born: July 25, 1995
Turned Pro: 2015
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Born on July 25th, 1995 in Athens, Greece, Maria Sakkari’s mother Angelikí Kanellopoúlou was a former top 50 player in her own right having been ranked as high as 43rd in April 1987.
Qualifying for her first Grand Slam at the 2015 US Open, Sakkari would suffer a first round defeat to China’s Wang Qiang.
Her first WTA Tour win would come at the 2016 Australian Open. Again coming through the qualification process, Sakkari would defeat Wang Yafan in the first round before falling to Carla Suárez Navarro in the second round.
She would reach the third round of the 2017 Australian Open, Wimbledon Championships and the US Open thanks before losing to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni, Johanna Konta and Venus Williams respectively. Nevertheless, she would break into the world's top 50 for the first time in her career.
Sakkari would reach the first WTA Tour final of her career in 2018 at the San Jose Classic but would lose to Mihaela Buzărnescu in the final.
She would then go one step further and claim her first WTA Tour Title at the 2019 Morocco Open thanks to victories over Olga Danilović, Isabella Shinikova, Elise Mertens, Alison Van Uytvanck before defeating Konta in the final.
The first fourth-round Grand Slam appearance of her career came at the 2020 Australian Open thanks to wins against Margarita Gasparyan in the first round, Nao Hibino second round and No. 11 seed Madison Keys in the third round before losing to Petra Kvitova.
At the 2020 Cincinnati Open Sakkari claim one of the biggest wins of her career when she picked up a victory over Serena Williams in the third round of the event. Williams would gain revenge later that year however in the last 16 of the US Open, denying Sakkari her first Grand Slam quarter-final appearance.
She wouldn’t have to wait long for that first Grand Slam quarter-final showing however as Sakkari took on Iga Swiatek in the last eight of the 2021 French Open, winning 6-4, 6-4 to become the first woman from Greece to reach a Grand Slam singles semi-final.
Although she would lose that semi-final to Barbora Krejčíková in three sets, Sakkari would prove her qualities once again at the US Open, reaching the last 4 of a Grand Slam for the second time in her career. Sadly for Sakkari, it would be another defeat as qualifier Emma Raducanu advanced to the final in straight sets.
Sakkari’s first WTA 1000 final of her career would come at Indian Wells in 2022, losing to Iga Świątek in straight sets. Despite the disappointment of the defeat, she would rise to a career-high ranking of world number 3.
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