Maria Sakkari of Greece wins her second round match against Nina Stojanovic of Serbia

Maria Sakkari without any problems prevailed over Nina Stojanovic 2-0

After a piece of cake with her team mates, Greece’s Maria Sakkari celebrated her 26th birthday with a decisive 6-1 6-2 win over Nina Stojanovic of Serbia in the second round of the Tokyo Games on Monday.

Sakkari, born on July 25, said the win was one of the best presents she could have given herself.

“To spend my birthday here (at the Games), I don’t know if it will happen again in my life,” she told reporters.

She is through to the final 16 and one step closer the that gold medal for Greece.

Sakkari said she was also looking forward to competing in the mixed doubles with comrade and men’s world number four, Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“We know each other really well … and we are both really pumped to play together. Of course, I cannot predict that we will get a medal. We will try our best and I think we give ourselves the best chance we can.”