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With the final rival of Christmas, she is in the red, but this year there was a breakthrough

With the final rival of Christmas, she is in the red, but this year there was a breakthrough

(4th WTA) at Indian Wells is doing great. In the semi-finals, after a great game, she defeated the Romanian Simona Halep (26th WTA) 7: 6, 6: 4. – Her victory against Halep was her 10th consecutive win (five in Doha, five in Indian Wells). Self-confidence returned, gestures of victory returned during the meeting, the famous exclamation “Ride”.

Sakkari lost her set only in the semi-finals

This is another excellent result of the 20-year-old Polish woman this season. Regardless of the result of the final match.

In the decisive match in Indian Wells Iga ¦wi ± tek will play (6th WTA). The Greek in the semi-finals played against the Spanish Paula Badosa (7th WTA). At the opening of the match, she lost her application, but won four games in a row and then confidently won the first set 6-2. In the second set, Sakkari easily lost the serve twice (to 15 and to 0), and she broke her rival only once and lost the game 4: 6. Sakkari was already dominant in the decisive set. She only lost one gem.

The Greek woman won 56 percent. after the second administration, and the Spanish only 25 percent. Sakkari also had more aces (3-0) and fewer double faults (3-7). She also gained significantly more points in the match (84-65).

– I’ve been working my whole life to get to this, to the late stages of tournaments. It means a lot to me – she said after the finale with tears in her eyes.

For Sakkari, the losing set against Badosa was the first lost in the tournament. Earlier, 2-0 defeated the Czech team Katerina Siniakowa (55th WTA) 6: 3, 7: 5, (31st WTA) 6: 3, 6: 0, Australian Daria Saville 4: 1 and retired and Jelena Rybakina (Kazakhstan, 20. WTA) 7: 5, 6: 4.

Sakkari, who is currently the highest in her career in the WTA ranking – sixth, in Indian Wells, by advancing to the finals, also achieved the best result in such a prestigious tournament. Jeszce has never been in the finals of the WTA 1000 tournament. So far, she was only in the semi-finals – last year in Roland Garros and. She has played in the WTA tournament finals four times so far. She won only one – in 2019 on clay courts in Rabat with British Johanna Konta. She lost as many as three – in San Jose (2018), Ostrava (2021) and this year in St. Petersburg.

In this year’s Australian Open, Sakkari was eliminated in the fourth round. Unexpectedly, she lost to the American Jessica Pegula (19th WTA) 6: 7, 3: 6.

In the ballet they thanked her and threw her out of karate. And the court was always close

It was thanks to her grandfather and mother that she picked up the racket for the first time, in the first years she exercised mainly with her grandfather, then sometimes with her mother, but only occasionally. Tennis was never imposed on her, she was to choose herself. She tried ballet, but they thanked her (“I wasn’t too good”). She signed up for karate, but they kicked her out because she was goofing around. And the court was close all the time, not far from home. And eventually he won. She put everything on tennis quite late, at the age of eighteen. Then she went to the academy in Spain and put her bet on tennis. Today she is Greece’s most popular sportswoman, the face of Adidas, with a host of high-profile fans. Sometimes he listens to mom’s advice about tennis.

For Świątek and Sakkari, the final in Indian Wells will be the fifth match in their career. Last year, the Greek won three times – in Roland Garros, Ostrava and in the group stage of the WTA Finals in Guadalajara. Only this year, three weeks ago,

Christmas match – Sakkari on Sunday at 21 Polish time. We invite you to follow the relationship on and in the LIVE mobile application.

Source: Sport

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