Maria Sakkari reached the semifinal of the Roland Garros 2021, beating defending champion Iga Swiatek at the end of a match played in an incredible way by the Greek tennis player. In the press conference, Sakkari said: "The Slams? I thought a lot of times that maybe that was my limit and I couldn't rise higher in the rankings, nor play better in tournaments.
But this year I proved myself. that I am playing really well and have beaten a lot of good players. I probably also have the right people around me telling me I can do it and they have given me a lot of confidence in achieving this goal.
I don't want to be too excited because I don't have the day off tomorrow. I still have to play, stay focused, but it's definitely a big accomplishment. I'm enjoying my tennis and myself. People around me kept saying this time would come and they were right.
I was the impatient one asking when. It finally came this week, so I'm happy about it.
Maria Sakkari: "I thought I had a limit but I exceeded it!"
Secrets of my tennis? I won't say anything! I'm not going to say what I was doing.
I won't answer. Every player has a way of playing, a way of playing. I give him to execute the game plan. I feel like I have a heavy forehand, which works well on clay, so I have to take advantage of that. Then I served really well today.
This is all I can say. Barbora Krejcikova's latest challenge? To tell the truth, I didn't play well in Dubai. It was one of the best weeks of her, we have to give her credit. You played very, very well that week. But the conditions were different, fast court, fast balls and I made a lot of unforced errors.
I think obviously it will be very tough, but I am confident that my coaches will give me the right game plan. So far I have done everything they have been told to do very well. I trust myself and trust their strategies. I think it will work fine.
I think all of us, the four semi-finalists, have played really well this year. It is a bit strange how the rankings still work, the fact that the points of some tournaments are kept. You can't see what the real ranking is.
So I think that's why it's a surprise to everyone. But Pavlyuchenkova played really well in Madrid. Barbora played the final in Dubai. You won Strasbourg last week, didn't you? I mean, it happens. It happens more to girls than to boys, but we are four very good players, players who can win the title, for sure."