The rebirth of Maria Sakkari: all the clouds swept away

The Greek tennis player, the only Top-10 player in the WTA ranking who has won only one title in her career, has put an end to the great nightmare

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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The rebirth of Maria Sakkari: all the clouds swept away
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The very strong and beautiful Maria Sakkari has swept away all the clouds, all the criticisms and ironies of her haters. The Greek tennis player, the only Top-10 player in the WTA ranking who has won only one title in her career, has put an end to the great nightmare.

Sakkari won the WTA 1000 title in Guadalajara by beating Caroline Dolehide, world number 111, in the final, 7-5, 6-3.

In addition to being her second success of her career, for the former world number 3 it is also the first WTA 1000 of her career and the first trophy she has won on hard courts.

A victory that has the flavor of her revenge against all those who criticized her in these last difficult months.

The Greek tennis player was targeted on social media by many haters, who unfairly accused her of finding herself in an undeserved ranking position.

The haters must be told that if Sakkari reached that milestone in the WTA ranking, it's because she deserved it.

And now the prestigious milestone has arrived, and she can finally shake off all the painful criticism she faced in 2023.

Sakkari talks in the press conference

In the press conference after the win, the beautiful Greek explained: "I've always felt very comfortable in Mexico, it's like my game flows more freely.

I'm happy to have achieved the most important victory of my career here. The truth is that they have been very difficult years, especially the last two. The whole world insisted that she was a top 10 player with only one title and that she wouldn't be able to win anything major.

I can finally shut their mouths somehow. I don't want to stop here, I want to continue to improve myself and achieve great things, because right now I'm proud of myself. My big goal when I arrived in Guadalajara was to find joy on the court, to be happy playing tennis.

I think I haven't yet fully accepted what this title means to me, but I want to enjoy it to the fullest and continue in this line of play and mentality." With this success, the ATP Finals in Cancun are ever closer. Only one position separates her from entering the top eight in the world: "I haven't yet had time to relax and evaluate this possibility, but happy days will come when I will be able to think about it."

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