Maria Sakkari was born in Athens on July 25, 1995. She was the first Greek woman to enter the top ten in the world of the WTA ranking, to qualify for the WTA Finals and to play a semifinal in a Grand Slam tournament in the Era Open, 96 years after Helene Contostavlos. With the 3rd world position reached on March 21, 2022, she equaled the Greek record of her colleague Stefanos Tsitsipas.
She won a WTA title out of seven finals played, becoming the fourth Greek tennis player in history, after her mother Angelikí Kanellopoúlou, Christína Papadáki and Eléni Daniilídou to reach the final of a major tour tournament.
Born and grew up in Athens, Sakkari moved to Barcelona aged 18 and trained there for two years. Her mother, Angeliki Kanellopoulou, was a tennis player too, however xhd didn’t start because of her.
Sakkari made her debut on ITF Circuit in 2010 at $10k ITF/Mytilino‐GRE and played her first WTA tournament in 2012, in Palermo, losing in the qualifying second round. Until 2015 she failed to qualify four times at WTA level before making his Grand Slam debut at Us Open.
She opened 2016 by falling in qualifying at Brisbane and Hobart, then she posted her first Grand Slam main draw win beating Wang. She became the first woman from Greece to win a main draw match at a Slam since Daniilidou d. Karolina Pliskova at 2013 Australian Open. In 2016 she reached the first career WTA quarterfinal in Istanbul after qualifying to enter main draw (l. Kovinic).
She made 2r at Wimbledon and after the Championships she collected a single main draw win inTashkent (d. Schmiedlova, l. Flipkens). She also played main draw again at 2016 Gstaad (l. Kontaveit in 1r), New Haven (as qualifier. L. Rodina 1r), Tokyo [Japan Open] (l. Putintseva), Seoul (l. S.Zhang) and Hong Kong (l. World No.1 Kerber)
2017 was her breakthrough season. She reached the third round at three of the four majors, at Australian Open (l. Lucic‐Baroni), Wimbledon (l. Konta) and US Open (l. V.Williams). She enjoyed good results on grass in 2017, reaching QFs at Nottingham (l. eventual champion Vekic).
In Wuhan, she made her first WTA semifinal beating Caroline Wozniacki. It was her first win over a top 25 opponent, the biggest victory for a Greek tennis player since August 2005 when Eleni Daniilidou beat then number four Svetlana Kuznetsova in Los Angeles. Sakkari finished the season at No.51 and became the third highest-ranked Greek player of all-time, behind her mother Angeliki Kanellopoulou (former number 43) and Eleni Daniilidou (former number 14).
On May 4, 2019, she won her first WTA title, at the Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat. Eliminated in the first round in Istanbul, she won her first WTA title of her career in Rabat. She reaches the final without losing any sets against Olga Danilovic, Isabella Sinikova, defending champion Elise Mertens and Alison Van Uytvanck. In the final she gets the better of Johanna Konta with a score of 2-6, 6-4, 6-1.
She reaches the fourth round for the first time in a round of the Grand Slam at the 2020 Australian Open, where she defeats Margarita Gasparjan, Nao Hibino and Madison Keys in order, and is defeated by Petra Kvitova in a comeback. She reached the round of 16 the same year at the US Open.
In 2021, she reached her third WTA final, two Grand Slam semifinals, WTA Finals semifinal, and entered Top 10.
In Ostrava she lost in the final against Anett Kontaveit.
She gets good results at the Roland Garros, with victories over Katarina Zavac'ka, Jasmine Paolini and the 14th seed Elise Mertens. In the round of 16 she concedes only 4 games to Sofia Kenin, thus reaching her first quarterfinals in a Grand Slam and becoming the first Greek tennis player in the Open era to reach the bottom eight in a Major. She then advances to the semifinal by overcoming the reigning champion Iga Swiatek, who had won the last 22 sets played in Paris.
The last Greek tennis player to reach a Grand Slam semifinal in singles was Helene Contostavlos in 1925, also at the French Open. She then disputes against Barbora Krejcikova the women's semifinal with the most games played in the history of the Roland Garros, and yields after more than three hours of battle with the score of 5-7 6-4 7-9, not taking advantage of a match point in the third set.
At the US Open she eliminated Marta Kostjuk, Katerina Siniakova and Petra Kvitova. In the round of 16 she faces the 2019 champion Bianca Andreescu and wins after 3 and a half hours of play with a score of 6-7, 7-6, 6-3, reaching her first quarterfinal in New York. By beating Karolína Plískova she becomes the first Greek tennis player to enter the semifinals of the US tournament. Despite the favors of the forecast, she is clearly beaten by the No. 150 in the world Emma Raducanu, the eighteen-year-old British who will win the tournament. With these results Sakkari improves her ranking again, reaching 13th place in the world.
In 2022, she reached the top-3 of the WTA ranking, but lost 4 finals: St. Petersburg, Indian Wells, Parma and Guadalajara, respectively against Kontavit, Sherif, Swiatek and Pegula.
She starts 2023 at the Australian Open, where she is credited with the 6th seed: she gets rid of Yuan (6-1 6-4) while she struggles in the second round with Russia's Snaider (3-6 7-5 6-3). In the third round, she gets surprised by the Chinese Lin Zhu, who defeats her in three sets. In Linz, as No. 1 of the seed, she reaches the first semifinal of her 2023, without losing sets against Párrizas-Diaz, Gračëva and Vekić; in the penultimate act, the Greek girl gives way to Petra Martic (6-3 3-6 4-6). At the Qatar Open, she prevails over Zheng (6-2 3-6 6-3), Aleksandrova (6-3 6-2) and the top-5 Garcia (6-2 6 (5) -7 7-6 ( 5)). In her second semifinal of the year, Sakkari lost to Jessica Pegula in three sets.
Sakkari has two siblings: brother Yannis and sister Amanda. His grandfather Dimitris Kanellopoulos was also a professional tennis player. She was introduced to tennis by her parents at age 6 and she moved to Barcelona at age 18 to train. She said her favorite surfaces are hard clay and her favorite pitch is serve. Growing up, her favorite players were Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Sakkari currently resides in Monte Carlo. She is dating Konstantinos Mitsotakis, son of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
Maria Sakkari has won more than $7 million in career awards to date, and coupled with her brand deals and endorsements, her net worth is estimated to be around $10 million. Maria Sakkari is currently endorsed by Adidas and Wilson respectively for her clothing and equipment needs.
Maria Sakkari's net worth is $7 million in 2023. She has earned a total of $7,136,041 from her professional tennis career. Additionally, she has already raised over $1.6 million in 2022. She is ranked 89th on the WTA career money list.
Maria Sakkari has a paid partnership with German sportswear brand Adidas. She is also affiliated with Focal Official, the National Bank of Greece and the French luxury fashion house Dior.
Grand Prix SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem, Rabat