Maria Sakkari recommends Santorini for holidays and pastitsio for food

Maria Sakkari

Maria Sakkari is one of the hottest names in world tennis and occupies the media, not only for her skills on the courts, but also for her life and preferences.

She was asked by WTA a host of questions, including her favourite foods and where one must visit in Greece.

Although when asked where someone should travel in Greece she said Santorini, she was also quick to highlight Paros, Antiparo, Milos and Crete. She added that every island has something special.

Regarding her favourite Greek foods, she said souvlaki-gyros, pastitsio and seafood.

The Greek tennis player spoke about Nadal, saying she would love to play with him.

On speaking about Giannis Antetokounmpo, Sakkari said she is his biggest fan because of his mentality and fighting spirit.

Meanwhile, Sakkari fended off a second-set fightback from Aryna Sabalenka to emerge with a 6-2, 6-4 victory and reach the semi-finals of the WTA Finals in Fort Worth on Wednesday while Ons Jabeur overcame a sluggish start to beat Jessica Pegula.

Sakkari cruised through the first set and led 3-0 in the second before the hard-hitting Belarusian roared back, winning four straight games to take a 4-3 lead.

But the determined Greek reeled off the final three games and raised her arms in triumph when Sabalenka’s running forehand landed wide on the purple indoor hard courts in Texas.

“I felt like I did nothing wrong from 3-0 down,” Sakkari, who reached the semi-finals of the tournament for a second consecutive year, told Tennis Channel.

“She started making more balls, she wasn’t missing like she was in the first set and half. So I just told myself, keep doing what you’re doing and you’ll get your chances.”

Sakkari also benefited from some net cords that went her way in the rollercoaster second set.

Earlier in the day, world No. 2 Jabeur battled back to beat American Pegula 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 for her first win in round-robin play.

Pegula came out firing against the Tunisian, catching up to a drop shot in plenty of time to deliver a backhand winner to snag the 25-minute first set.

But Jabeur came alive in the second, breaking Pegula when her forehand hit the net cord and landed out of bounds for a 4-3 lead en route to leveling the contest at a set apiece.

Frustration appeared to mount for Pegula in the decider and she did not even attempt to run down a Jabeur drop shot on break point that gave the Tunisian a 5-3 lead. Jabeur went on to seal the win on an errant backhand from Pegula on match point.

Sakkari is the first player from her group through to the last four. Jabeur, Sabalenka and Pegula are vying for the second spot.

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