Sakkari struggles to fight back tears after losing Washington to Gauff (VIDEO)



by CLAUDIU POP

Sakkari struggles to fight back tears after losing Washington to Gauff (VIDEO)
Sakkari struggles to fight back tears after losing Washington to Gauff (VIDEO)

Maria Sakkari fought back tears at the runner-up's final on-court interview after bowing down in front of Coco Gauff in the Washington Open. "You know, I'm not going to lie. It's pretty disappointing but at the same time, a month ago I wouldn't think that I would be here, so thank you," Sakkari said while a cry started creeping in.

Sakkari also congratulated Gauff during her speech. “You deserve everything you’ve achieved.

You’re an amazing person. You have a great family and great team behind you… you’re a great role model for everyone. You’re super nice to everyone. So, congrats to you. I wish you all the best,” said the Greek.

Related: Citi DC Open: Coco Gauff bests Maria Sakkari to hoist crown in Washington DC.

Serena Williams' childhood coach makes bold Gauff prediction ahead of US Open

After seeing Coco Gauff perform in Washington, Serena Williams' former coach Rick Macci believes the 19-year-old could win this year's US Open.

"@CocoGauff at age 19 has supersonic make up speed a wicked slice serve a laser down line backhand with juice nice soft crispy volleys a feathery drop shot and most of all a quickly maturing mind and if she can stay authoritative on the forehand she has enough to win the US OPEN," Macci wrote on X, previously known as Twitter.

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