I was as getting impatient as success eluded me : Maria Sakkari

Maria Sakkari, the world No. 18 Greek who reached her maiden Grand Slam singles semi-final, said on Wednesday that she was becoming “impatient” with her inability to break into a Grand Slam semi-final. The 25-year-old, though, expressed her happiness at having reached the milestone. 4
Maria has advanced to the fourth round of the Australian and US Opens last year, as well as the third round of Wimbledon in 2017 and 2019. Despite her best efforts, she couldn’t seem to break through as a championship candidate until Wednesday, when she defeated Iga to set up a last-four meeting with Barbora Krejcikova.

“I had individuals warning me it was going to happen. They were, in fact, correct. Maybe I was the one who was yelling at them, impatiently asking, ‘When, when, when?’ “I’m thrilled since it arrived this week,” Maria stated during the post-match press conference. Maria, the highest-ranked player still in the competition, is just two victories away from being the first Greek woman to win a singles title. “I’m not getting too worked up about it because I don’t have a day off tomorrow.” I still have to play and concentrate. But it is certainly a significant achievement.

“As I stated on the court, I’m enjoying my tennis and myself,” she remarked. Maria made history two days ago by becoming the first Greek to reach the quarterfinals of a Grand Slam singles tournament, upsetting world No. 5 Sofia Kenin of the United States. With her win against Iga, Maria made it two top-10 wins in a row. Maria won 83 percent of the points she served against the reigning champion. “Every player has a style of play, a manner of just carrying out the game plan.” On the clay, I have a strong forehand and a solid forehand. I’ll have to experiment with it. “I did a fantastic job serving today,” she said.

Maria remarked of her semi-final match against Barbora from the Czech Republic, ” “It’ll be difficult, but I’m optimistic that my coaches will devise the best strategy for me. So far, I’ve done an excellent job of carrying out their instructions. I have faith in myself and in their strategy. I believe it will work out nicely.”

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