Stefanos Tsitsipas is very supportive of women, says Sakkari

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Stefanos Tsitsipas is very supportive of women, says Sakkari

In an interview, speaking of the equal prize money in tennis, Maria Sakkari praised Stefanos Tsitsipas. "Stefanos is very supportive of women. In discussions we've had, about this issue in sport [of equal pay], Stefanos is pro-equality for all", said Sakkari.

In San Jose this week Sakkari defeated Elina Svitolina to set a clash against Ons Jabeur: "I was one step away from losing", she said analyzing her win. "I'm very excited that I managed to turn the score around and be back in the semifinal here in San Jose.

I have great memories from last year, so it's super nice to be back." On how she managed to save match points, the 24-year-old Athens native added: "I didn't remember that it was four [match points] - I thought it was two.

My coach came in and he said, if you did it once in Rabat [where she beat Johanna Konta from a set and a break down in the final], you can do it again." On how it feels to have a coach who is as old as her, Sakkari concluded: "it is different, I have to tell you, because I always had older coaches.

I never had very old coach. Last one was my grandfather, so you can -- (Laughing). But it's quite nice. Because, you know, we're very good friends, as well, so we do stuff together. And I remember in San Jose we were riding the scooters for, like, 45 minutes.

So I wouldn't be able to do it with my grandfather, I assume. So it's quite cool. We can spend time together like friends."