Greek tennis star Maria Sakkari has aced through to the next round of the US Open following her 'revenge' victory over Tatjana Maria of Germany on Tuesday with an impressive 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
Stefanos and Maria played against Beretini and Zavatska and during the match, the Greek star gave Sakkari a difficult task.
He invited her to serve to the Italian without a return ball and if she did he would donate $10,000 to the Ukrainians.
As announced by the USTA, the evening’s total revenue is in the $2 million range.
About Maria Sakkari
Coached by Tom Hill
Parents are Konstantinos and Angeliki; brother is Yannis (studies at Boston University) and sister is Amanda. Introduced to tennis by parents at age 6; mother played on WTA; achieved a Top 50 singles ranking
Born and raised in Athens; moved to Barcelona at age 18 to train
Favorite surfaces are hard and clay; favorite shot is serve
Tennis idols are Serena Williams, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer
During free time enjoys going back to Greece and seeing friends.
Winner (1): 2019 - Rabat.
Finalist (4): 2022 - St. Petersburg, Indian Wells; 2021 - Ostrava; 2018 - San Jose.
Greek Fed Cup Team, 2012-16, 2018-19.
Career in Review
2021 - Finished the year at a career-high ranking of No.6; historic 2021 season was highlighted by becoming first Greek woman to break into the Top 10 (at No.10, September 27) as well as the first from her country to qualify for the WTA Finals (made SF); reached her third WTA singles final at Ostrava (l. Kontaveit) and made the SF at Roland-Garros and US Open, defeating three Top 20 ranked opposed at both events; posted most Top 10 wins in 2021 (9), including two wins over the World No.2 (Osaka at Miami and No.2 Sabalenka at WTA Finals)
2020 - Third Top 50 season (finishing No.22); SF at St. Petersburg (l. to Rybakina) and Ostrava (l. to Azarenka); QF at Western & Southern Open (l. Sakkari); reached 4r twice (Australian Open and US Open), 3r twice (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r once; fell 1r three times; made Top 20 debut on February 23 (after Dubai, rose from No.21 to No.20).
2019 - Second Top 50 season (finishing No.23); won maiden WTA title at Rabat (d. Konta in final); SF at Rome (l. to Ka.Pliskova) and San Jose (l. to S.Zheng); QF at Charleston (l. to Wozniacki), Nottingham (l. to Brady) and Cincinnati (l. to Barty); reached 3r three times (Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open) and 2r three times (incl. Roland Garros); fell 1r nine times and in RR stage at WTA Elite Finals Zhuhai (0-2 record).
2018 - First Top 50 season (finishing No.42); runner-up at San Jose (l. to Buzarnescu); SF at Istanbul (l. to Hercog) and Seoul (l. to Bertens); reached 4r once, 3r three times (incl. Roland Garros) and 2r three times (incl. US Open); fell 1r 14 times (incl. other two majors) and in qualifying twice.
2017 - Registered second-consecutive Top 100 year-end finish in 2017, finishing at No.52 - the highest year-end finish by a Greek player since Daniilidou in 2007 (No.43); also the only Greek player to record a Top 100 finish in the last seven years (since No.90 Daniilidou in 2011); posted career-best 17 main draw wins; notched career-best win and first Top 10 victory of career over No.6 Wozniacki en route to first WTA semifinal of career at 2017 Wuhan- became just second qualifier to reach Premier-level semifinal in 2017 (Mertens at New Haven); enjoyed a career-best year at the Grand Slams, progressing to the 3r for the first time on three different occasions: Australian Open (l. Lucic-Baroni), Wimbledon (l. Konta) and US Open (l. V.Williams) - became first Greek woman to reach the 3r at a Slam since Daniilidou at 2005 Wimbledon (l. Pennetta); broke into the Top 50 for the first time at No.49 on October 9, 2017 (rose to No.48 on October 16).
2016 - First Top 100 season (finishing No.89); QF at Istanbul (l. to Kovinic); reached 2r three times (incl. Australian Open and Wimbledon); fell 1r eight times (incl. US Open) and in qualifying 10 times (incl. Roland Garros); made Top 100 debut on July 11 (rose from No.115 to No.97).
2015 - Fell 1r once (US Open) and in qualifying twice; won three singles titles and one doubles title on ITF Circuit.
2014 - Won four singles titles and four doubles titles on ITF Circuit.
2013 - Fell in WTA qualifying once (Doha).
2012 - Fell in WTA qualifying once (Palermo).
2011 - Continued to play on ITF Circuit.
2010 - Played first events of career on ITF Circuit.[www.wtatennis.com]