Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari admits having her mother with her at the WTA Finals means a lot to her. Sakkari's mother Angeliki Kanellopoulou is a former WTA player and she is accompanying the world No. 6 in her WTA Finals debut.
Sakkari has had a big season, making Grand Slam semifinals at the French Open and US Open. Sakkari also broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career this year. “It's great because I think it's very important for a parent to see their kid being here.
It can't get any better, other than winning a Slam or an event like this one," Sakkari said, per WTA Insider.
Sakkari became the first Greek.woman to qualify for the WTA Finals.
"I’m very proud of myself and my team that we actually made it to the Finals for the first time, and for the first time in the history of Greece for a female tennis player,” Sakkari said after making Greek tennis history.
Sakkari absolutely earned a chance to make her WTA Finals debut this year. Sakkari recently revealed that she didn't believe at the beginning of the season that she would have a shot at making the WTA Finals. "I cannot imagine myself being in that position at the beginning of the year," Sakkari said.
"It's great to be in that position. I really like the challenge and I really enjoy that I actually have a chance, because, yes, it might sound crazy for someone that has played the finals a couple of times or three or four times, maybe their motivation is not as high as it is for me, because let's be real it's my first time and it's a goal - it's something big for a tennis player, it is one of the best tournaments in the world and it is only eight players that get to play it." It remains to be seen how far can Sakkari go in her WTA Finals debut.