The Greek tennis player had a dark day in Cancun at the WTA Finals. Sabalenka's strength was relentless from the beginning, pushing Sakkari to desperation.
Sakkari entered as the 9th in the Race and qualified thanks to Karolina Muchova's withdrawal, which opened up a spot in the round-robin. World No. 9 had a first set almost to forget, showing nervousness and low numbers from her serves.
She had a mere 42% first serve percentage, winning 38% of them and only 27% with her second serve. On the other hand, Sabalenka boasted a 57% first serve percentage, winning 75% of them and 42% with her second serve, far surpassing her rival.
The Belarusian was dominant in crucial points, saving all four break opportunities she offered and converting three of the four chances she had. In just 38 minutes, Sabalenka claimed a 6-0 set in which Sakkari could do little against the power in her shots.
The second set was even worse for Sakkari, as it seemed no shot was effective. She even appeared to be in tears during the side changes and one of her service games due to the frustration of her poor performance.
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Sabalenka had an extraordinary second set, being highly effective in the rallies and winning almost all her points with the first serve (88%). The Belarusian only gave up one break opportunity, which she saved, and converted three out of five chances.
Unfortunately for Sakkari, despite her efforts, she couldn't overcome her opponent, but she managed to steal a game from Sabalenka in a forgettable match: 6-0, 6-1 in favor of the world No. 1.
Both of them still have two more matches in this WTA Finals, facing Elena Rybakina (4th) and Jessica Pegula (5th). The American defeated the Kazakh earlier with a score of 7-5, 6-2.