Maria Sakkari (Greek: Μαρία Σάκκαρη, pronounced [maˈri.a ˈsakari]; born 25 July 1995) is a Greek professional tennis player. She reached her career-high singles ranking of No. 20 on 24 February 2020. Her best WTA doubles ranking is No. 169, achieved on 9 September 2019.
Maria Sakkari at the 2019 French Open
|Residence||Monte Carlo, Monaco|
|Born||25 July 1995|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Plays||Right-handed (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach||Thomas Johansson (2017–18) |
Mark Petchey (2018)
Tom Hill (2018–)
|Prize money||$3,540,619 (156)|
|Career record||327–220 (59.8%)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 20 (24 February 2020)|
|Current ranking||No. 22 (26 October 2020)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2020)|
|French Open||3R (2018, 2020)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2017, 2019)|
|US Open||4R (2020)|
|Career record||51–40 (56.0%)|
|Career titles||5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 169 (9 September 2019)|
|Current ranking||No. 192 (26 October 2020)|
|Fed Cup/Billie Jean King Cup||12–18 (40.0%)|
|Hopman Cup||RR (2019)|
|Last updated on: 26 October 2020.|
Sakkari has won one singles title on the WTA Tour, at 2019 Morocco Open, where she defeated Johanna Konta in the final. She was also semifinalist of 2017 Wuhan Open, where she defeated Caroline Wozniacki en route, her first top-10 win. In 2019, she reached another Premier 5 semifinal at the Italian Open where she, among other players, defeated Petra Kvitová. In 2020, Sakkari reached the round of 16 at Australian Open and US Open, so far her best Grand Slam performances.
On, she is known for her aggressive style of play, and she also has a strong serve. In 2020, Sakkari is the player with the fifth most amount of aces, playing in 31 matches.
Early and personal lifeEdit
Maria Sakkari was born on 25 July 1995 to mother Angelikí Kanellopoúlou that was a former top 50 tennis player and father Konstantinos Sakkaris in the capital of Greece, Athens. She has two siblings: brother Yannis and sister Amanda. She was introduced by her parents to tennis at age 6 and moved to Barcelona at age 18 in order to train. She stated that her favorite surfaces are hard and clay and that her favorite shot is serve. Growing up, her favourite players were Serena Williams, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. Sakkari currently resides in Monte Carlo.
2015–16: WTA debut, grand slam debut, top 100Edit
Maria's first two attempts to debut on the WTA Tour were unsuccessful. At Rio Open, she lost in the first round of qualification from Argentinian player María Irigoyen, and later lost in the final stage of qualification at Bucharest Open from Daria Kasatkina. However, on her third attempt, she didn't only debut on WTA Tour, but she also debut at majors, passing qualification at US Open. In qualification she beat Anastasija Sevastova, An-Sophie Mestach and Petra Martić, but then lost in first round in main-draw from Wang Qiang. After US Open, Sakkari entered top 200 for the first time, getting to the place of 185. By the end of the year, she only played on the ITF Circuit and on the WTA Challenger Tour, where she also reached semifinals at the Carlsbad Classic. Sakkari ended the year inside top 200, reaching place of 188.
Sakkari started 2016 season with no-passing qualification at Brisbane International and Hobart International. At the Australian Open, she first passed qualification, and then in first round in main-draw, made win against Wang Yafan. That win was her first at WTA Tour, as well as her first Grand-Slam win. In the second round, she lost from Carla Suárez Navarro. At Mexican Open in Acapulco, she was eliminated in the first round by Johanna Larsson. At the Indian Wells Open, she attempted to qualify for the first Premier Mandatory/Premier 5 tournament in main-draw, but failed in first round of qualification. In Miami, she succeeded to qualify, but lost in main-draw first round to Irina-Camelia Begu.
Her second win on the WTA Tour was at the Istanbul Cup where she defeated the top seed Anna Karolína Schmiedlová. After beating Hsieh Su-wei in second round, she reached her first WTA quarterfinal, where she lost from Danka Kovinić. In Madrid, she didn't get to main-draw, losing from Patricia Maria Țig in final stage of qualification. Playing in the qualification at the 2016 French Open, she got her first chance to play in main draw there, but she missed that chance, losing in first round of qualification from Grace Min.
For the third time, Sakkari got through qualification and that happened at 2016 Wimbledon. There she also marked her first win on that tournament, defeating Zheng Saisai but then lost in second round from five times former Wimbledon champion, Venus Williams. After this result, on July 11, 2016, she debut in the top 100, reaching place of 97.
In Cincinnati, she lost in qualification to Zheng. At the US Open, she didn't have success, reaching only first round, where Duan Yingying defeated her, but it also was her first Grand-Slam appearance in main draw without need to play in qualification first. At the China Open, she lost in final stage of qualification from Wang Yafan.
2017: First Premier 5 semifinal and top-ten win, top 50Edit
In 2017 she reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at the Australian Open, where she lost in the third round to Mirjana Lučić-Baroni. In both Indian Wells and Miami, she failed in qualification.
She started clay-court season at Charleston Open, where she get to second round, and then lost from Jeļena Ostapenko. In Madrid and Rome, Sakkari didn't have success, losing in qualifications. At French Open, she debuted in main draw, where she lost in first round from Carla Suárez Navarro.
At the US Open, she reached same stage as she did at Australian Open and Wimbledon, making it her third third-round of year and also career. In first two rounds, she defeated Kiki Bertens and Arina Rodionova, but was eliminated by Venus Williams in third-round.
She reached her first WTA semifinal at the Wuhan Open by beating Caroline Wozniacki, Elena Vesnina and Alizé Cornet, but then missed her chance to reached her first WTA final, losing to Caroline Garcia. This success propelled her into the top 50 of the WTA rankings, reaching place of 50, on 2 October 2017. Her last tournament of 2017 was Tianjin Open, where Christina McHale eliminated her in second round.
2018: First WTA final and top-30 debutEdit
Sakkari started 2018 season with four-first round losses, against Danka Kovinić in Shenzhen, Kateřina Siniaková at Australian Open, Julia Görges in St. Petersburg, and Sorana Cîrstea in Doha. In Dubai, she reached final stage on qualification, but didn't make it to the main-draw, losing from Samantha Stosur. 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 Vögele. At (Indian Wells Open) Sakkari managed to beat Donna Vekić, 16th seed Ashleigh Barty and 17th seed CoCo Vandeweghe, respectively. She lost in fourth round to eventual champion Naomi Osaka. At the (Miami, United States) she defeated Aleksandra Krunić 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) where she beat Çağla Büyükakçay, Aleksandra Krunić 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 a top-ten 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 Suárez Navarro and then she completed third rounds at all of Grand Slam tournaments. In third round, she lost from seed No. 14 Daria Kasatkina.
Sakkari lost all of her matches at grass-court season. She was defeated by Julia Görges at the Birmingham Classic , Svetlana Kuznetsova at the Eastbourne International , and by Sofia Kenin at Wimbledon.
US hardcourt series started well for Sakkari, reaching her first WTA final at the (San Jose, United States), where she beat Christina McHale, Tímea Babos, third seed Venus Williams, Danielle Collins before she lost from Mihaela Buzărnescu in the final. On 6 August, she reached a new career-high ranking of No. 31. After that result, US series wasn't really successful for Maria, reaching only first round at Rogers Cup and Connecticut Open where she lost from Daria Kasatkina and Zarina Diyas, respectively, as well as only second round at Cincinnati Open and US Open. At Cincinnati Open, she beat Naomi Osaka in first round and avenged her loss from Osaka in Indian Wells, earlier that year. In second round, Anett Kontaveit pulled her out of the tournament. On week when US Open start, on 27 August 2018, she debuted in top 30, getting to the place of 30. At the US Open, she was seeded for the first time at any Grand Slam event (No. 32), and she had to play against two Americans in first two rounds, winning against Asia Muhammad, but then lost to Sofia Kenin in second round.
At the Korea Open, Sakkari made her new WTA semifinal, defeating Anna Karolína Schmiedlová, Margarita Gasparyan and Irina-Camelia Begu, respectively, in first three rounds, before she was defeated by Kiki Bertens in semifinal. At both, Wuhan Open and China Open, Sakkari failed in the first round, losing from Wang Qiang and Donna Vekić, respectively. On her last two tournaments in 2018, Tianjin Open and Luxembourg Open, Sakkari failed in the first round. She finished the year inside top 50, reaching place of 41.
2019: First WTA title, Rome semifinalist, five top-ten winsEdit
Sakkari started year with loss in first round of Hobart International, where Magda Linette defeated her. Sakkari reached third round at Australian Open, defeating Jeļena Ostapenko and Astra Sharma, before she was eliminated in third round by Ashleigh Barty. At next three tournaments, Sakkari was eliminated in first round, at St. Petersburg Ladies' Trophy from Julia Görges, at Mexican Open from Monica Puig and at Indian Wells Open from Christina McHale. At Miami Open, she defeated Olga Danilović in first round, but lost to No. 3, Petra Kvitová, in the second.
2019 is so far the most successful clay-court season for Sakkari. She started playing at Charleston Open, where she defeated Conny Perrin, Andrea Petkovic and second seed Kiki Bertens, respectively. Then she reached quarterfinal, and there met with fifth seed Caroline Wozniacki, but wasn't good enough to pass to the next round. At İstanbul Cup, she failed in first round from Veronika Kudermetova. Morocco Open was special for Sakkari, because it has been so far her only tournament where she succeeded to win title. On her road to the final, she defeated Olga Danilović, Isabella Shinikova, Elise Mertens, Alison Van Uytvanck, and then, in the final, she defeated Johanna Konta. After winning the title, she climbed from place 51 to place 39 on WTA ranking list. While in Madrid she didn't have much success, reaching only first round, in Rome she firstly passed qualification and then she reached her second career-Premier-5 semifinal, but there lost to the eventual champion Karolína Plíšková. At the French Open, she was seeded for the first time there, being seed No. 29, and she reached second round, winning against Anna Tatishvili in first round, but lost in second round from Kateřina Siniaková.
On grass court, first she got to the quarterfinal of the Nottingham Open, where she lost to Jennifer Brady. Then at the Birmingham Classic, she was eliminated in the first round by Naomi Osaka. In Eastbourne, she was better than Jessica Pegula, but Johanna Konta stopped her from going further than round one. At Wimbledon, she reached her second third round there, being better than Bernarda Pera and Marie Bouzková, but then lost from Elina Svitolina in the third round.
In San Jose, she played her second semifinal there, winning against top-seeded Elina Svitolina in the quarterfinal, but unlike in 2018, this time she didn't qualify for the final, losing in her semifinal match to Zheng Saisai. At Rogers Cup, she lost to Alison Riske in the first round. In Cincinnati, she reached a new Premier-5 quarterfinal, before she lost to world No. 1, Ashleigh Barty, in three sets. At the US Open, she lost in third round, again to Barty.
Back in Europe, she only played one tournament. She played at Kremlin Cup, where in first round, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was better in three sets. For the first time in Sakkari's career, she qualified for some year-end championships. At WTA Elite Trophy, she lost both matches in her group, from Elise Mertens and Aryna Sabalenka.
2020: Solid results, debut in the top 20, win over SerenaEdit
Sakkari was successful on the first Grand Slam tournament of year, at Australian Open, where she reached round of 16, for the first time at any Grand Slam. First she defeated Margarita Gasparyan, then in second round she was better than Nao Hibino, then she made win over seed No. 11 Madison Keys, before she was defeated by Petra Kvitová in round of 16 in three sets. On her next tournament, she was also really successful. She played at the St. Petersburg Trophy, where she reached her new Premier semifinal. She won against Vitalia Diatchenko and Alizé Cornet in first two-round, and then in quarterfinal, she made her new top-10 win, defeating No. 5 Belinda Bencic, before new rising star, Elena Rybakina, stopped her from reaching new Premier final. In Dubai, she didn't do well, losing in first round from seventh seed Aryna Sabalenka. In Doha, she did much better, winning against Julia Görges and Tereza Martincová in first two rounds, but again, Aryna Sabalenka was too strong for her. After the comeback of the WTA Tour, after COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, Sakkari first played at Palermo International, where she was eliminated in first round from Kristýna Plíšková. At the Cincinnati Open, Sakkari made another quarterfinal. In round one, she defeated young American player Coco Gauff, in second round Yulia Putintseva, and then in third round, she made one of her biggest career wins, defeating Serena Williams in three sets. However, in quarterfinal, she lost to Johanna Konta. At the US Open, she continued her great performance, reaching round of 16 for the first time there. She defeated Stefanie Vögele, Bernarda Pera and Amanda Anisimova, before Serena Williams stopped her to reach her first Grand Slam quarterfinal. At the French Open, as the No. 20 seed, Sakkari reached her second third round; against qualifier Martina Trevisan, she had match points but missed the chance to reach the round of 16.
P = postponed
Only main-draw results in WTA Tour, Grand Slam tournaments, Fed Cup and Olympic Games are included in win–loss records.
Current after the 2020 J&T Banka Ostrava Open.
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Australian Open||A||2R||3R||1R||3R||4R||0 / 5||8–5||62%|
|French Open||A||Q1||1R||3R||2R||3R||0 / 4||5–4||56%|
|Wimbledon||A||2R||3R||1R||3R||NH||0 / 4||5–4||56%|
|US Open||1R||1R||3R||2R||3R||4R||0 / 6||8–6||57%|
|Win–Loss||0–1||2–3||6–4||3–4||7–4||8–3||0 / 19||26–19||58%|
|WTA Elite Trophy||Did Not Qualify||RR||NH||0 /1||0–2||0%|
|Premier Mandatory tournaments|
|Indian Wells Open||A||Q1||Q2||4R||1R||NH||0 / 2||3–2||60%|
|Miami Open||A||1R||Q1||3R||2R||NH||0 / 3||3–3||50%|
|Madrid Open||A||Q2||Q2||1R||1R||NH||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|China Open||A||Q2||A||1R||A||NH||0 / 1||0–1||0%|
|Premier 5 tournaments|
|Dubai / Qatar Open||A||A||A||1R||A||3R||0 / 2||2–2||50%|
|Italian Open||A||A||Q1||3R||SF||A||0 / 2||6–2||75%|
|Canadian Open||A||A||A||1R||1R||NH||0 / 2||0–2||0%|
|Cincinnati Open||A||Q1||A||2R||QF||QF||0 / 3||7–3||70%|
|Wuhan Open||A||A||SF||1R||A||NH||0 / 2||4–2||67%|
|Tournaments||1||12||16||24||22||11||Career total: 86|
|Titles||0||0||0||0||1||0||Career total: 1|
|Finals||0||0||0||1||1||0||Career total: 2|
|Hard Win–Loss||0–1||2–9||9–7||15–17||11–13||18–9||0 / 55||55–56||50%|
|Clay Win–Loss||0–0||2–2||3–7||7–4||13–5||2–2||1 / 21||27–20||57%|
|Grass Win–Loss||0–0||1–1||4–2||0–3||5–4||0–0||0 / 10||10–10||50%|
|Overall Win–Loss||0–1||5–12||16–16||22–24||29–22||20–11||1 / 86||92–86||52%|
|Win (%)||0%||29%||50%||48%||57%||65%||Career total: 52%|
- 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 to 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.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Aug 2018||Silicon Valley Classic, United States||Premier||Hard||Mihaela Buzărnescu||1–6, 0–6|
|Win||1–1||May 2019||Rabat Grand Prix, Morocco||International||Clay||Johanna Konta||2–6, 6–4, 6–1|
ITF Circuit finalsEdit
Singles: 17 (7 titles, 10 runner–ups)Edit
|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||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||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||Bella Cup, Poland||25,000||Clay||Barbora Krejčíková||4–6, 1–6|
|Win||4–7||Jul 2014||Tampere Open, 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||10,000||Hard||Anastasiya Komardina||6–4, 6–3|
|Win||6–8||Mar 2015||ITF Heraklion||10,000||Hard||Valentini Grammatikopoulou||6–2, 6–2|
|Win||7–8||May 2015||Infond Open, Slovenia||25,000||Clay||Rebecca Peterson||3–6, 6–2, 6–2|
|Loss||7–9||May 2016||Open Saint-Gaudens, France||50,000+H||Clay||Irina Khromacheva||6–1, 6–7(3–7), 1–6|
|Loss||7–10||Jun 2016||Naturtex Open, Hungary||50,000||Clay||Viktoriya Tomova||6–4, 0–6, 4–6|
Doubles: 9 (5 titles, 4 runner–ups)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Sep 2013||ITF Athens, Greece||10,000||Hard||Lee Pei-chi|| Keren Shlomo
|6–3, 1–6, [8–10]|
|Loss||0–2||Apr 2014||ITF Heraklion, Greece||10,000||Hard||Despina Papamichail|| Natela Dzalamidze
|7–6, 3–6, [5–10]|
|Win||1–2||May 2014||ITF Båstad, Sweden||10,000||Clay||Kim Grajdek|| Dea Herdželaš
|Win||2–2||Jun 2014||ITF Niš, Serbia||10,000||Clay||Alexandra Nancarrow|| Lina Gjorcheska
|Win||3–2||Jul 2014||Tampere Open, Finland||10,000||Clay||Alexandra Nancarrow|| Emma Laine
|Loss||3–3||Aug 2014||ITF Savitaipale, Finland||10,000||Clay||Alexandra Nancarrow|| Emma Laine
|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
|6–2, 3–6, [8–10]|
|Win||5–4||Nov 2015||Al Habtoor Challenge, UAE||75,000||Hard||Çağla Büyükakçay|| Elise Mertens
|1.||Caroline Wozniacki||No. 6||Wuhan Open, China||Hard||2R||7–5, 6–3||No. 80|
|2.||Karolína Plíšková||No. 5||Rome Masters, Italy||Clay||2R||3–6, 6–3, 7–5||No. 42|
|3.||Kiki Bertens||No. 6||Charleston Open, United States||Clay||3R||7–6(10–8), 6–3||No. 50|
|4.||Petra Kvitová||No. 5||Rome Masters, 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|
|8.||Belinda Bencic||No. 5||St. Petersburg Trophy, Russia||Hard (i)||QF||2–6, 6–4, 6–3||No. 21|
|9.||Serena Williams||No. 9||Cincinnati Open, United States||Hard||3R||5–7, 7–6(7–5), 6–1||No. 21|
|10.||Elina Svitolina||No. 5||Ostrava Open, Czech Republic||Hard (i)||2R||3–6, 3–6||No. 23|
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