Maria Sakkari-Greek professional tennis player


maria sakkari

Maria Sakkari (born 14 March 1995) is a Greek professional tennis player. She has won five singles and six doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 3 September 2018, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 51. Sakkari also has a career-high doubles ranking of world number 112, achieved on 15 October 2018.

Personal life:

Maria Sakkari was born on 14 March 1995 in Athens, Greece. Her mother, Lila Kamzanaki, is a former professional tennis player who represented Greece at the 1988 Summer Olympics. Her father, George Sakkaris, is a Greek businessman. She has one older sister named Stefania.

Sakkari began playing tennis at the age of four. She was coached by her mother until the age of sixteen when she began working with Alexandros Kalogiratos. In 2012, she moved to Valencia, Spain to train at the Sanchez-Casal Academy.

Sakkari is fluent in Greek and English. She enjoys reading, going to the beach, and spending time with her family and friends in her free time.

Career:

A large tall tower with a clock at the top of a building

Sakkari made her WTA tour debut at the 2014 İstanbul Cup, where she lost in the first round to Ayşe Dudukça. The following year, she reached the quarterfinals of the tournament. In 2016, she won her first WTA title at the Internationaux de Strasbourg, defeating Kristina Mladenovic in the final.

In 2017, Sakkari reached the third round of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time at the French Open, where she lost to Simona Halep. She also reached the semifinals of the WTA Birmingham Classic and the quarterfinals of the Guangzhou International Women’s Open.

Sakkari began 2018 by winning her second WTA title at the Taipei Open, defeating Mandy Minella in the final. In September, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 51.

Sakkari represented Greece at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She lost in the first round of both singles and doubles competitions. She also competed at the 2017 and 2018 Fed Cup, winning all of her singles matches.

In October 2018, Sakkari reached her career-high doubles ranking of world number 112. Later that month, she reached the semifinals of the WTA Moscow Kremlin Cup, defeating Caroline Garcia and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route before losing to Aryna Sabalenka.

Style:

Sakkari is a right-handed player who primarily plays from the baseline. She is known for her powerful groundstrokes and aggressive style of play. Her serve is her biggest weapon, with her second serve often registering speeds over 125 mph (200 km/h).

Awards:

In 2016, Sakkari was named the Greek Athlete of the Year.

In 2018, she was awarded the Golden Cross of the Order of Honor by the President of Greece, Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

Sakkari reached her career-high singles ranking of world number 51 in September 2018. In October 2018, she reached the semifinals of the WTA Moscow Kremlin Cup, defeating Caroline Garcia and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route before losing to Aryna Sabalenka.

In October 2018, Sakkari reached her career-high doubles ranking of world number 112. Later that month, she reached the semifinals of the WTA Moscow Kremlin Cup, defeating Caroline Garcia and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route before losing to Aryna Sabalenka.

In November 2018, Sakkari was named the Greek Athlete of the Year for the second time.

In December 2018, Sakkari was awarded the title of honorary citizen of the city of Athens by the mayor, Costas Bakoyannis.

Sakkari has won five singles and six doubles titles on the ITF tour in her career. On 3 September 2018, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 51. On 29 October 2018, she peaked at world number 112 in the doubles rankings.

Sakkari has represented Greece at the Fed Cup a total of seven times, winning all eleven of her singles matches and eight of her doubles matches. She has also competed at the Olympic Games twice, in 2016 and 2020.

Other Activities:

Sakkari is an ambassador for the Special Olympics. In 2019, she was appointed a global ambassador for the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) “Tennis For All” campaign.

In 2020, Sakkari launched her own foundation, the Maria Sakkari Foundation, with the goal of using tennis to help underprivileged children in Greece.

In 2021, Sakkari was named as one of the “100 Inspirational Women of the Year” by the BBC.

Conclusion:

Sakkari is a Greek professional tennis player who has enjoyed success on both the singles and doubles circuits. She reached her career-high singles ranking of world number 51 in September 2018, and her career-high doubles ranking of world number 112 in October 2018. Sakkari has represented Greece at the Fed Cup a total of seven times, winning all eleven of her singles matches and eight of her doubles matches. She has also competed at the Olympic Games twice, in 2016 and 2020. In October 2018, Sakkari reached the semifinals of the WTA Moscow Kremlin Cup, defeating Caroline Garcia and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova en route before losing to Aryna Sabalenka. In 2019, she was appointed a global ambassador for the International Tennis Federation’s (ITF) “Tennis For All” campaign. In 2020, Sakkari launched her own foundation, the Maria Sakkari Foundation, with the goal of using tennis to help underprivileged children in Greece. In 2021, Sakkari was named as one of the “100 Inspirational Women of the Year” by the BBC.

Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter
Subscribe to our monthly Newsletter