Maria Sakkari defeats Serena Williams in three sets at Western & Southern Open

Greece’s young tennis star Maria Sakkari hit her way into the Western & Southern Open quarterfinal, after defeating former world No. 1 in women’s single tennis, Serena Williams.

Sakkari defeated Williams 5-7, 7-6(5), 6-1.

“I haven’t realized it yet,” Sakkari said after the match.

“It feels pretty good, because she has been a role model for me growing up, and obviously what she has achieved is huge. So it feels very nice,” she added.

“It was tough,” Serena said after the match. “I literally should have won that match. There was no excuse. It was hard, but I had so many opportunities to win, and I have to figure that one out, like how to start winning those matches again. There is really no excuses, to be honest.”

Sakkari will now face Briton Johanna Konta.