Maria Sakkari reacts to breaking into top-10 at age of 26

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Maria Sakkari reacts to breaking into top-10 at age of 26

Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari was disappointed after losing the Ostrava final but overall she was happy with her week in Ostrava. Sakkari, seeded at No. 4, lost to Anett Kontaveit in the Ostrava final. Kontaveit delivered a good performance against Sakkari as she won 6-2 7-5.

Sakkari arrived to Ostrava exhausted as recently she made the US Open semifinal. “That’s what I was looking for, consistency, that’s what gets you to the top level,” Sakkari said, per Tennis Majors.

“Of course I’m disappointed with today’s result, but it’s a very positive result because I came here, I didn’t have many days off, I did not have many days of practice, but I played some great tennis and mentally I was 10 out of 10, which is the thing that matters the most and the thing that I really care about – it’s a great opportunity for me to end the season really well and strong”.

Sakkari achieves her goal

Sakkari failed to win it all in Ostrava but her runner-up finish was enough for her to break into the top-12 for the first time in her career. Sakkari made the top-10 for the first time in her career at the age of 26.

"It’s a big accomplishment for myself, people don’t realize how big it is for someone at the age of 26, not the age of 20,” she said, adding: “When no one believed that I could do it, myself and people around me really believed me.

Of course I don’t want to stop here I don’t want to sound like I’ve achieved my goal, but it’s a very big step for my career and every tennis player. I truly believe it and it’s a big thing for every single player. Of course I see myself much higher but we’ll take it step by step."