Maria Sakkari wins in St. Petersburg opener

2022 01 Maria Sakkari Australian Open 32

No. 1 seed Maria Sakkari of Greece saved 12 of 14 breakpoints to win a lengthy 6-4, 6-4 decision over Russia’s Anastasia Potapova on Tuesday in first-round action at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Sakkari, ranked seventh in the world, trailed during both sets. She fell behind 3-0 in the first set before storming back and was losing 4-3 in the second before winning the final three games.