Maria Sakkari knocked out the defending champion, Iga Swiatek in straight sets in the quarterfinals of French Open 2021 on Wednesday. The Greek dominated the Pole, winning 6-4, 6-4. Swiatek had not even dropped a set in her last 11 matches at French Open, and as a result, it was an incredible result for Sakkari to end the Pole’s dominant run.
Maria Sakkari will face Barbora Krejcikova in the second semifinal on Thursday, and does not want to get carried away with her incredible run in Paris. The Greek has overpowered her opponents at French Open, and has dropped just one set so far.
“Well, I do not want to get too excited, because I don’t have a day off tomorrow. So, I still have to play and stay focused. But it’s a big achievement for sure. I am enjoying my tennis on court,” said Sakkari.
Patience pays off for Maria Sakkari
Maria Sakkari stated that people around her kept telling her that she was due for a big performance. However, she kept waiting for it, and finally it arrived at the French Open this year.
“I had people around me, keep telling me it was going to come, and they were right. Maybe I was the one telling them, When, Where and When?,” she added.
“Every player has a way of playing and executing his/her game plan. I feel like I have a heavy forehand, a good forehand on clay,” Sakkari continued.
Prior to her semifinal run in Paris, her best performance came at the Miami Open 2021, where she reached the last four, losing to Bianca Andreescu. She will hope to go all the way this year at the French Open, having knocked out the defending champion, Iga Swiatek.