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Maria Sakkaris (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. 29 on 24 September 2018. Her highest WTA doubles ranking is No. 293, achieved on 16 November 2015.
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 (two-handed backhand)|
|Coach||Thomas Johansson (2017–18) |
Mark Petchey (2018)
Tom Hill (2018–)
|Prize money||$2,398,472 (198)|
|Career record||282–194 (59.2%)|
|Career titles||1 WTA, 7 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 29 (24 September 2018)|
|Current ranking||No. 32 (1 July 2019)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||3R (2017, 2019)|
|French Open||3R (2018)|
|Wimbledon||3R (2017, 2019)|
|US Open||3R (2017)|
|Career record||47–34 (58.0%)|
|Career titles||5 ITF|
|Highest ranking||No. 293 (16 November 2015)|
|Current ranking||No. 486 (6 May 2019)|
|Fed Cup||Record 12–18|
|Hopman Cup||RR (2019)|
|Last updated on: 6 May 2019.|
Early and personal lifeEdit
Sakkari was born in Athens in 1995 to former top 50 tennis player Angelikí Kanellopoúlou and Konstantinos Sakkari. She has two siblings: brother Yannis, who is currently studying at Boston University, 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.
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.
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.
WTA career finalsEdit
Singles: 2 (1 title, 1 runner-up)Edit
|Loss||0–1||Aug 2018||Silicon Valley Classic, San Jose||Premier||Hard||Mihaela Buzărnescu||1–6, 0–6|
|Win||1–1||May 2019||Morocco Open, Rabat||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, 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
|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||ITF Tampere, 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||ITF Dubai, UAE||75,000||Hard||Çağla Büyükakçay|| Elise Mertens
|Grand Slam tournaments|
|Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 tournaments|
|Qatar Open / Dubai||A||Q1||Q2||1R||A||0–1|
Top 10 winsEdit
|1.||Caroline Wozniacki||No. 6||Wuhan Open, China||Hard||2R||7–5, 6–3||No. 80|
|2.||Karolína Plíšková||No. 5||Italian Open, 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||Italian Open, Italy||Clay||3R||7–5, 5–7, 4–0 ret.||No. 39|
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