Sakkari is ready to win a major

Chris Oddo | @TheFanChild | Friday, May 10, 2024

Now 14-4 since starting with coach David Witt at Indian Wells, Maria Sakkari has changed the complexion of her season – and her hopes of winning a Grand Slam title.

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Eighth-ranked Greece, one point away from reaching the Roland Garros final in 2021, have time on their side. She's just 28 (29 in July) and is thriving again under the tutelage of the man who previously coached Venus Williams and Jessica Pegula.

Asked today if she felt she was “ready” to win a major, Sakkari didn't hesitate.

“I am,” she said. “It may never happen – no one knows – but one thing is for sure: I'm ready. I will try my best to win without putting any pressure on myself.”

Sakkari struggled on clay last year, losing in the third round in Rome and the first round at Roland Garros. This puts her in a pretty good position in terms of rankings. After reaching the third round on Friday in Rome, the former world number three has no points to defend until mid-June.

This year the Greek has already won more matches on clay (6-2) than all of last year (5-4). Sakkari, seeded fifth, beat Varvara Gracheva 6-2, 6-2 and will meet Angelina Kalinina in the third round in Rome.

Over the past few years, Sakkari has struggled with her confidence and game at times, but she says her faith has not left her. She still dreams big and believes that good things will come.

“I go to bed a lot – it’s funny – but I just imagine winning a Grand Slam. I would love for this to happen, but who knows, we can't predict the future. It may never happen, but I'll try my best.”

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