Days after being part of the Netflix Break Point series, Maria Sakkari turned her attention back to the job at hand at the Australian Open with a winning start to her season in a 6-1, 6-4 victory over China's Yuan Yue in 94 minutes.
As ever with Sakkari, it wasn't that simple with the Greek showing her tenacious fighting spirit to come from 3-1 down in the second set to seal it 6-4.
“I could live in this city” - Maria Sakkari loves Melbourne and calls it her home tournament. There was a large contingent of Greek-Australians here at Rod Laver Arena
"it's nice conditions, warm. The ball bounces high"
It was a superb 38 winners in all for Sakkari, and now she moves on to face Diana Schnaider in the second round, who is on debut.