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Maria Sakkari

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Bio Maria Sakkari (born 25 July 1995) is a Greek professional tennis player, she is the daughter of Konstantinos and Angeliki Kanellopoulo. She was introduced to tennis by parents at age 6. She was born and raised in Athens, then moved to Barcelona at the age of 18 to train. She made her debut for the Greece Fed Cup team in 2012 and has a Fed Cup win-loss record of 12–18 to date. In 2014, she won four singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit. She made her Grand Slam debut at the 2015 US Open.

In 2016, 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.

Sakkari started the 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 the 2018 season defeated Lara Arruabarrena in the first round, but in the 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 the third round, but then she lost against Monica Puig. Sakkari started the 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 the first round against Kiki Bertens. In (Rome, Italy) she defeated Kiki Bertens in the first round and then in the second round she made her second win against top-10 player defeated Karolina Pliskova. In the 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 the 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. In 2019, in Rabat, she claimed her first title after coming back from a set down against Johanna Konta.
Her favorite surfaces are hard and clay and does like to serve. Her best tennis memory is qualifying for the first Grand Slam main draw at the 2015 US Open. Her tennis idols are Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer.
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