World No. 4 Maria Sakkari talks about her poor form post-Miami Open. She has only won 11 games since then and this drop in her form is simply not understandable by her fans. She rose to a career-high World No.3 after reaching the final of the Miami Open. Since then it has just been a poor performance from the greek tennis star.
The matches didn’t go in the favor of the player as she had to face early exits in the Wimbledon as well as the French Open. Sakkari lost to Shelby Rogers by 1-6,3-6. Later she revealed that post her defeat she sat down with her coach to have a genuine conversation.
“I just sat down with [Coach] Tom [Hill] for a lot of hours and just realized that I’m not enjoying being one of the best players in the world, which was something very tough to admit and very tough to handle.”
“But it’s the truth. It’s the reality. I think that the pressure and everything was something I had to deal with.”
Sakkari accepted her poor performance in the recent time
“After the match against Paula [Badosa in the Indian Wells semifinals] it was very emotional. I knew that I was going to be a Top 3 player after winning that match.”
“[In Greece] I was always the person and the player that, because my mom was very famous back home, they always used to say ‘She’s never going to make it, even if she changes everything. She will never make it.
And then suddenly, out of nowhere, I become one of the best players in the world. So for me, it was very tough to handle it. I struggled. Sometimes when you are on the tour and you play week after week, you don’t stop and you don’t realize what you have really achieved.
It takes time for some people and I believe that it took time for me. But I feel like I’m on the right track to being myself again. And I believe you’re going to see a different Maria than in the last three months.”
Maria Sakkari is all set to play in the Toronto Open. On her part, the lucky thing is that her rank didn’t fall post her disappointing performances in the previous two grand slams. She’s the third-seeded player in the upcoming tournament.
Sakkari will play Sloane Stephens in the round of 32.
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