Maria Sakkari came back from a set down to win the match against the former world number one Serena Williams in the Round of 16 matches of Western and Southern Open 2020. Additionally, she won the match by 5-7, 7-6 (5), 6-1.
The last time quarterfinalist here stunned Serena with her play. However, the Greek tennis professional Maria Sakkari was not really impressed with her game. But was very happy about winning it against one of the greatest players of all time. Additionally, Serena was seeded third for the tournament.
“Serena Is a Role Model for Me and Many Others”- Sakkari
After winning, Maria said in the post-match interview, “I somehow knew it was going to be an ugly match from my side. However, I am extremely happy about the result.”
Besides, the world number 21 said, “She (Serena) is and has been a role model for me and many others. What she has achieved in this sport is special and unique. And I do not think and know if anyone else is going to do it again.”
“It was tough. I literally should have won the match. There are no excuses when you lose a match like that. I had a lot of opportunities to come back into the match. And now I need to figure out how to win such matches”, Serena said after the match.
Moreover, she also said, “To be honest, there are really no excuses for this. I literally put myself in this particular situation.”
Additionally, Former world number one explained, “I started cramping, but I shouldn’t have been in that situation. I don’t think that helps mentally when it’s like, you know the match is over and you have won the match, and now your legs were already tired and now they are even more tired, and now it’s even more tired.”
“I literally put myself in this situation. You know, it’s like dating a guy that you know sucks. That’s literally what I keep doing out here. It’s like I have got to get rid of this guy. It just makes no sense. It’s frustrating.”, Six times US Open Champion concluded.
Now, Maria will be facing the British top player Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.
Additionally, while the Western and Southern Open takes place in Cincinnati every year, this year it is taking place at the Flushing Meadows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.