“Power always wins” Viktorija Golubic reacts after defeating Maria Sakkari in the 2nd round of the Indian Wells 2021

Switzerland's Viktorija Golubic opens up on the importance of having great power in shotmaking as she defeats Greece's Maria Sakkari at the Indian Wells 2021.

Viktorija Golubic
Viktorija Golubic

Viktorija Golubic registered her first completed Top-10 win as she beat World No. 9 Maria Sakkari in the 2nd round of the ongoing Indian Wells 2021. It was a win against the odds as Maria was coming from a good run to the desert and was the favourite going into the tie. Golubic however made a strong comeback to take the match home.

Maria had won the 1st set but Viktorija made a fantastic comeback in the next two sets and denied the Greek any chance to turn the match towards her. Golubic won the match 5-7, 6-3, 6-2 to get her 2nd top-10 win and her first completed as her previous top-10 win came after her opponent, the then World No. 6 Garbine Muguruza had to retire in the 3rd set due to an injury.

After the match, Viktorija talked about what changes had she made in the past few seasons that have helped her improve the game. “I always loved to really play the game, to have so many options. This is something I have always enjoyed. But I think at this level you have to be physically very, very strong and also you have to have power. It’s not enough to mix the game,” said Golubic.

Viktorija Golubic to meet Anna Kalinskaya in Round 3

Viktorija Golubic
Viktorija Golubic

Viktorija emphasised the need to have power as a weapon during the matches and how it helps to turn matches in one’s favour. “I think this is something as a junior I didn’t have yet. I had a good game, I had a very good eye for the court and for the game but there were people who were overpowering me, so power wins.

In the last years, I could develop more power, more strength, being faster as well. This is something you need to compete and this is where the variation comes in. But if you don’t have that part, it’s not enough,” added Golubic.

With a win against Sakkari, Golubic will now face Russia’s Anna Kalinskaya in their 3rd career meeting on the Tour.

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