Maria Sakkari explains key in her big US Open win over Karolina Pliskova

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Maria Sakkari explains key in her big US Open win over Karolina Pliskova

Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari was extremely happy with her serving display against world No. 4 Karolina Pliskova. Sakkari, ranked at No. 18 in the world, dleivered quite a performance on Thursday as she saw off former world No.

1 Karolina Pliskova 6-4 6-4 to reach the US Open semifinal. Sakkari earned one break of serve in each set and dropped no service games to get the job done in two sets. Sakkari thought she did a good job on her serve and also managed to keep her stress level and expectations.

"Well, starting from the things that I did well. I served really, really well. I didn't realize, but Pam said I served, I don't know how many points was it, 22 in a row? Wow, yeah. I said on court I was impressed," Sakkari said after the win.

"I'm very happy I managed my stress level and my expectations. Especially at the end of the match, it was quite tough to close it out, but I think I did quite well."

Sakkari dedicates her win to her country

Sakkari is happy about her success but also happy about making giving sports fans in Greece something to cheer about.

"Well, I think it's a big thing for Greece. I didn't have a chance to say that on court, I want to dedicate this win to Greece because we struggled a lot last month with some fire damages. So for me winning for Greece, making Greek people proud and happy, especially in difficult times, it makes me even more happy because you know how much I love my country," Sakkari noted.

"I don't know the attention I'm getting back home now. I guess it's probably going to be same or even more than the French. "What I witnessed after the French was only good things. I never heard a bad comment from someone.

They were all coming to me with a very nice smile and very nice words to say. I can only embrace that and just have good memories from it because that's not going to last for my entire life. I'm going to be remembered, for sure, but I'm not going to be an active player in 10 years or 15 years."