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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. 29 on 24 September 2018. Her highest WTA doubles ranking is No. 293, achieved on 16 November 2015.

Maria Sakkari
Maria Sakkari (33200560618).jpg
Fed Cup 2019
Country (sports) Greece
ResidenceMonte Carlo, Monaco
Born (1995-07-25) 25 July 1995 (age 23)
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$1,938,476
Singles
Career record282–194 (59.24%)
Career titles1 WTA, 7 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 29 (24 September 2018)
Current rankingNo. 29 (20 May 2019)
Grand Slam Singles results
Australian Open3R (2017, 2019)
French Open3R (2018)
Wimbledon3R (2017)
US Open3R (2017)
Doubles
Career record47–34 (58.02%)
Career titles5 ITF
Highest rankingNo. 293 (16 November 2015)
Current rankingNo. 486 (6 May 2019)
Team competitions
Fed CupRecord 12–18
Hopman CupRR (2019)
Last updated on: 6 May 2019.
Maria Sakkari, 2014 Bella Cup

Her mother Angelikí Kanellopoúlou was also a top 50 player.

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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-Premier final, debut in top 30Edit

Sakkari started 2018 season by four-first round losses, against Danka Kovinic in (Shenzhen, China), Katerina Siniakova at Australian Open, Julia Gorges in (St. Petersburg, Russia) and Sorana Cirstea in (Doha, Qatar). In (Acapulco, Mexico) she made her first win in 2018 season defeated Lara Arruabarrena in first round, but in second round she lost against Stefanie Vogele. More success Sakkari had in (Indian Wells, United States) where she made 3 wins against Donna Vekic, 16th seed Ashleigh Barty and 17th seed CoCo Vandeweghe, respectively. She lost in 4th round against later champion of this tournament Naomi Osaka. In (Miami, United States) she defeated Aleksandra Krunic and 28th seed Anett Kontaveit and reached third round, but then she lost against Monica Puig.

Sakkari started clay-court season by reaching her first semifinal in 2018 in (Istanbul, Turkey) where she defeated Cagla Buyukakcay, Aleksandra Krunic and Arantxa Rus, respectively, but then she lost against Polona Hercog. In (Madrid, Spain) she lost in first round against Kiki Bertens. In (Rome, Italy) she defeated Kiki Bertens in first round and then in second round she made her second win against top-10 player defeated Karolina Pliskova. In third she lost against Angelique Kerber. At the French Open she reached third round defeated 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 in (Birmingham, United Kingdom), (Svetlana Kuznetsova in Eastbourne), United Kingdom and at Wimbledon against Sofia Kenin.

Her first WTA finals, Sakkari made at (San Jose, United States) defeated Christina Mchale, Timea Babos, third seed Venus Williams, Danielle Collins and then she lost in final against 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

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, 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

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 timelineEdit

Key
W  F  SF QF #R RR Q# A NH
(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Q#) qualification round; (A) absent; (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

Tournament 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 W–L
Grand Slam tournaments
Australian Open A 2R 3R 1R 3R 5–4
French Open A Q1 1R 3R 2–2
Wimbledon A 2R 3R 1R 3–3
US Open 1R 1R 3R 2R 3–4
Win–Loss 0–1 2–3 6–4 3–4 2–1 13–13
Premier Mandatory & Premier 5 tournaments
Qatar Open / Dubai A Q1 Q2 1R A 0–1
Indian Wells A A A 4R 1R 3–2
Miami Open A 1R Q1 3R 2R 3–3
Madrid Open A Q2 Q2 1R 1R 0–2
Italian Open A A Q1 3R SF 6–2
Canadian Open A A A 1R 0–1
Cincinnati Open A Q1 A 2R 1–1
Wuhan Open A A SF 1R 4–2
China Open A Q2 A 1R 0–1
Win–Loss 0–0 0–1 4–1 8–9 5–4 17–15

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

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