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Maria Sakkari (Greek: Μαρία Σάκκαρη, pronounced [maˈri.a ˈsakari]; born 25 July 1995) is a Greek professional tennis player. She achieved her career-high singles ranking of No. 22 on 21 October 2019. Her highest WTA doubles ranking is No. 176, achieved on 4 November 2019.

Maria Sakkari
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Maria Sakkari at the 2019 French Open
Country (sports) Greece
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 24)
Athens, Greece
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Turned pro2015
PlaysRight (two-handed backhand)
CoachThomas Johansson (2017–18)
Mark Petchey (2018)
Tom Hill (2018–)
Prize money$2,756,084 (183)
Singles
Career record282–194 (59.2%)
Career titles1 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 22 (21 October 2019)
Current rankingNo. 22 (21 October 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2017, 2019)
French Open3R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2017, 2019)
US Open3R (2017, 2019)
Doubles
Career record47–34 (58.0%)
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 176 (4 November 2019)
Current rankingNo. 176 (4 November 2019)
Team competitions
Fed CupRecord 12–18
Hopman CupRR (2019)
Last updated on: 6 May 2019.
Maria Sakkari, 2014 Bella Cup

Early and personal lifeEdit

Sakkari was born in Athens in 1995 to former top 50 tennis player Angelikí Kanellopoúlou and Konstantinos Sakkaris. She has two siblings: brother Yannis and sister Amanda. She was introduced to tennis at age 6 and moved to Barcelona at age 18 in order to train. Growing up, her favorite players were Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

Sakkari currently resides in Monte Carlo.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Maria Sakkari made her debut for the Greece Fed Cup team in 2012, and has a Fed Cup win-loss record of 12–18 to date.

She made her Grand Slam debut at the 2015 US Open.

2016, 2017Edit

Sakkari won her second match in a WTA tournament at the Istanbul Cup by defeating the top seed Anna Karolína Schmiedlová. After beating Su-Wei Hsieh, she reached her first WTA quarterfinal. She reached her first WTA semifinal at the Wuhan Open by beating Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Vesnina and Alizé Cornet, losing to Caroline Garcia. This success propelled her into the top 50 of the world rankings.

In 2017 she reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at the Australian Open, and reached the same stage at Wimbledon and the US Open, where she defeated the seeded Kiki Bertens but was eliminated by Venus Williams.

2018: First WTA final and top 30 debutEdit

Sakkari started 2018 season with four-first round losses, against Danka Kovinic in Shenzhen, Katerina Siniakova at Australian Open, Julia Gorges in St. Petersburg, and Sorana Cirstea in Doha. In Acapulco she reached her first win of the 2018 season, defeating Lara Arruabarrena in first round, but in second round she lost against Stefanie Vogele. At the (Indian Wells, United States) Sakkari managed to beat Donna Vekic, 16th seed Ashleigh Barty and 17th seed CoCo Vandeweghe, respectively. She lost in 4th round to eventual champion Naomi Osaka. At the (Miami, United States) she defeated Aleksandra Krunic and 28th seed Anett Kontaveit and reached the third round where she lost to Monica Puig.

Sakkari started her clay-court season by reaching her first semifinal in 2018 in (Istanbul, Turkey) where she beat Cagla Buyukakcay, Aleksandra Krunic and Arantxa Rus, respectively, before losing to Polona Hercog. She then lost in the first round of the Mutua Madrid Open to Kiki Bertens. Her next tournament was the Italian Open, where she avenged her Madrid exit by beating Bertens in first round and then in second round made her second win against top-10 player by beating Karolína Plíšková. She lost in the third round to Angelique Kerber. At the French Open she reached third round after defeating Mandy Minella and Carla Suarez Navarro and then she completed third rounds at all of Grand Slams.

Sakkari lost all of her matches at grass-court season. She was defeated by Julia Gorges at the Birmingham Classic ,Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Eastbourne International , and by Sofia Kenin at Wimbledon.

Sakkari reached her first WTA final at the (San Jose, United States) beating Christina Mchale, Timea Babos, third seed Venus Williams, Danielle Collins before losing the title to Mihaela Buzarnescu. On 6 August, she reached a career-high ranking of No. 31.

2019Edit

Sakkari won her first WTA trophy in Rabat, defeating Johanna Konta in the final.[2]

Sakkari qualified for the Premier 5 Italian Open in Rome, reaching the semi-finals, but lost to the eventual champion Karolína Plíšková.[3]

WTA career finalsEdit

Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit

Legend
Grand Slam tournaments (0–0)
Tour Championships (0–0)
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 (0–0)
Premier (0–1)
International (1–0)
Finals by surface
Hard (0–1)
Grass (0–0)
Clay (1–0)
Result W–L    Date    Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Aug 2018 Silicon Valley Classic, Unites States Premier Hard   Mihaela Buzărnescu 1–6, 0–6
Win 1–1 May 2019 Morocco Open, Morocco International Clay   Johanna Konta 2–6, 6–4, 6–1

ITF Circuit finalsEdit

Singles: 17 (7 titles, 10 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (3–4)
Clay (4–6)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Opponent Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2011 ITF Athens, Greece 10,000 Clay   Deniz Khazaniuk 6–1, 3–6, 3–6
Loss 0–2 Sep 2012 ITF Antalya, Turkey 10,000 Hard   Ana Bogdan 3–6, 2–6
Loss 0–3 Sep 2013 ITF Mytilini, Greece 10,000 Hard   Klaartje Liebens 1–6, 2–6
Loss 0–4 Sep 2013 ITF Athens, Greece 10,000 Hard   Aminat Kushkova 0–6, 5–7
Loss 0–5 Apr 2014 ITF Heraklion, Greece 10,000 Hard   Pernilla Mendesová 2–6, 2–6
Win 1–5 Apr 2014 ITF Heraklion, Greece 10,000 Hard   Despina Papamichail 6–1, 1–6, 6–3
Loss 1–6 May 2014 ITF Båstad, Sweden 10,000 Clay   Conny Perrin 5–7, 1–6
Win 2–6 May 2014 ITF Båstad, Sweden 10,000 Clay   Carolin Daniels 7–5, 6–2
Win 3–6 Jun 2014 ITF Niš, Serbia 10,000 Clay   Dea Herdželaš 3–6, 6–4, 6–1
Loss 3–7 Jun 2014 ITF Toruń, Poland 25,000 Clay   Barbora Krejčíková 4–6, 1–6
Win 4–7 Jul 2014 ITF Tampere, Finland 10,000 Clay   Anastasia Pivovarova 6–4, 7–5
Loss 4–8 Aug 2014 ITF Savitaipale, Finland 10,000 Clay   Emma Laine 3–6, 7–5, 0–6
Win 5–8 Mar 2015 ITF Heraklion, Greece 10,000 Hard   Anastasiya Komardina 6–4, 6–3
Win 6–8 Mar 2015 ITF Heraklion, Greece 10,000 Hard   Valentini Grammatikopoulou 6–2, 6–2
Win 7–8 May 2015 ITF Maribor, Slovenia 25,000 Clay   Rebecca Peterson 3–6, 6–2, 6–2
Loss 7–9 May 2016 ITF Saint-Gaudens, France 50,000+H Clay   Irina Khromacheva 6–1, 6–7(3–7), 1–6
Loss 7–10 Jun 2016 ITF Szeged, Hungary 50,000 Clay   Viktoriya Tomova 6–4, 0–6, 4–6

Doubles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runner–ups)Edit

Legend
$100,000 tournaments
$75,000 tournaments
$50,000 tournaments
$25,000 tournaments
$10,000 tournaments
Finals by surface
Hard (2–2)
Clay (3–2)
Grass (0–0)
Carpet (0–0)
Result W–L Date Tournament Tier Surface Partner Opponents Score
Loss 0–1 Sep 2013 ITF Athens, Greece 10,000 Hard   Lee Pei-chi   Keren Shlomo
  Saray Sterenbach
6–3, 1–6, [8–10]
Loss 0–2 Apr 2014 ITF Heraklion, Greece 10,000 Hard   Despina Papamichail   Natela Dzalamidze
  Valentini Grammatikopoulou
7–6, 3–6, [5–10]
Win 1–2 May 2014 ITF Båstad, Sweden 10,000 Clay   Kim Grajdek   Dea Herdželaš
  Conny Perrin
7–5, 6–4
Win 2–2 Jun 2014 ITF Niš, Serbia 10,000 Clay   Alexandra Nancarrow   Lina Gjorcheska
  Marina Lazić
6–3, 6–0
Win 3–2 Jul 2014 ITF Tampere, Finland 10,000 Clay   Alexandra Nancarrow   Emma Laine
  Anastasia Pivovarova
6–2, 6–3
Loss 3–3 Aug 2014 ITF Savitaipale, Finland 10,000 Clay   Alexandra Nancarrow   Emma Laine
  Diana Bogoliy
4–6, 6–7
Win 4–3 Sep 2014 ITF Madrid, Spain 10,000 Hard   Inés Ferrer Suárez   Yvonne Cavallé Reimers
  Lucía Cervera Vázquez
6–2, 3–6, [11–9]
Loss 4–4 Aug 2015 ITF Bad Saulgau, Germany 25,000 Clay   Despina Papamichail   Cristina Dinu
  Diana Buzean
6–2, 3–6, [8–10]
Win 5–4 Nov 2015 ITF Dubai, UAE 75,000 Hard   Çağla Büyükakçay   Elise Mertens
  İpek Soylu
7–6(8–6), 6–4

Performance timelinesEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A P Z# PO G F-S SF-B NMS NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (Z#) Davis/Fed Cup Zonal Group (with number indication) or (PO) play-off; (G) gold, (F-S) silver or (SF-B) bronze Olympic medal; a (NMS) downgraded Masters Series/1000 tournament; (NH) not held. SR=strike rate (events won/competed)
To avoid confusion and double counting, these charts are updated at the conclusion of a tournament or when the player's participation has ended.

SinglesEdit

Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments and Olympic Games are included in Win–Loss records.

This table is current through the 2019 WTA Elite Trophy.

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 SR W–L Win %
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 4 5–4 56%
French Open A Q1 1R 3R 2R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 1R 3R 0 / 4 5–4 56%
US Open 1R 1R 3R 2R 3R 0 / 5 5–5 50%
Win–Loss 0–1 2–3 6–4 3–4 7–4 0 / 16 18–16 53%
Year-End championships
WTA Finals Did Not Qualify 0 / 0 0–0  – 
WTA Elite Trophy Did Not Qualify RR 0 /1 0–2 0%
National representation
Summer Olympics NH A Not Held 0 / 0 0–0  – 
Premier Mandatory tournaments
Indian Wells Open A Q1 Q2 4R 1R 0 / 2 3–2 60%
Miami Open A 1R Q1 3R 2R 0 / 3 3–3 50%
Madrid Open A Q2 Q2 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
China Open A Q2 A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Premier 5 tournaments
Dubai / Doha Opens[1] A A A 1R A 0 / 1 0–1 0%
Italian Open A A Q1 3R SF 0 / 2 6–2 75%
Canadian Open A A A 1R 1R 0 / 2 0–2 0%
Cincinnati Open A Q1 A 2R QF 0 / 2 4–2 67%
Wuhan Open A A SF 1R A 0 / 2 4–2 67%
Career statistics
Tournaments played 1 12 16 24 22 75
Titles 0 0 0 0 1 1
Finals 0 0 0 1 1 2
Overall Win–Loss 0–1 5–12 16–16 22–24 29–22 1 / 75 72–75 49%
Year-end ranking[2] 188 89 52 41 $2,698,064

Notes

  • 1 The first Premier 5 event of the year has switched back and forth between the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Qatar Open since 2009. Dubai was classified as a Premier 5 event from 2009–2011 before being succeeded by Doha for the 2012–2014 period. In 2015, Dubai regained its Premier 5 status while Doha was demoted to Premier status. The two tournaments have since alternated status every year.
  • 2 2011: WTA Ranking–702,
    2012: WTA Ranking–627,
    2013: WTA Ranking–610,
    2014: WTA Ranking–301.

Top 10 winsEdit

No. Player Rank Event Surface Rd Score MSR
2017
1.   Caroline Wozniacki No. 6 Wuhan Open, China Hard 2R 7–5, 6–3 No. 80
2018
2.   Karolína Plíšková No. 5 Italian Open, Italy Clay 2R 3–6, 6–3, 7–5 No. 42
2019
3.   Kiki Bertens No. 6 Charleston Open, United States Clay 3R 7–6(10–8), 6–3 No. 50
4.   Petra Kvitová No. 5 Italian Open, Italy Clay 3R 7–5, 5–7, 4–0 ret. No. 39
5.   Elina Svitolina No. 7 Silicon Valley Classic, United States Hard QF 1–6, 7–6(7–3), 6–3 No. 30
6.   Petra Kvitová No. 6 Cincinnati Open, United States Hard 2R 6–4, 2–6, 6–3 No. 33
7.   Aryna Sabalenka No. 9 Cincinnati Open, United States Hard 3R 6–7(4–7), 6–4, 6–4 No. 33

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ admin (2018-07-16). "Maria Sakkari". WTA Tennis. Retrieved 2019-07-03.
  2. ^ "Sakkari slides past Konta to claim first WTA crown in Rabat". WTA Tennis. 4 May 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.
  3. ^ "'I never felt great, but maybe that helped me': Pliskova ends Sakkari run, faces Konta in Rome final". WTA Tennis. 18 May 2019. Retrieved 2 June 2019.

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