Maria Sakkari: Not many players can say they made two Major semifinals in 2021



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Maria Sakkari: Not many players can say they made two Major semifinals in 2021

Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari revealed she felt she could really broke into the top-10 after making the French Open semifinal. Sakkari, 26, broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career this Monday. Last week, Sakkari made the Ostrava final before losing to Anett Kontaveit.

At this past US Open, Sakkari made the semifinal. “I felt like I was ready to do it after the French but I felt like I was still far away because I needed consistency,” Sakkari said, per Tennis Majors. “I really felt like I was ready to do it after the French, I did not prove myself that I could do it for the next two months because I was a little inconsistent.

Then after playing semis at the US Open I was 100 percent sure that I deserved to be there”.

Sakkari happy with her year

In the French Open semifinal, Sakkari lost to eventual champion Barbora Krejcikova. At the US Open, Sakkari was beaten by eventual champion Emma Raducanu.

“Let’s be honest, not many players played two semifinals in Slams this year and have the results that I’m having,” she said. “I don’t want to sound cocky but that’s the reality. That’s something that I say, so I can also hear it at the same time, to give myself the power to continue”.

Sakkari is currently fifth on the race to WTA Finals and she is likely to make her debut at the prestigious season-ending event. “Guadalajara is a goal for us and I’m not going to lie. It’s a goal that I think I can achieve if I keep playing the way I’m playing now,” she said.

“Indian Wells is one of the best tournaments in the world, I don’t see why I cannot do well there, but if I don’t I have other chances, Moscow and some of the 250s in Europe”.