“I’m Very Broken”: Maria Sakkari Heartbreaking Admission After US Open 2021 Loss

Published 09/10/2021, 10:29 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 10, 2021 Greece’s Maria Sakkari during her semi final match against Czech Republic’s Barbora Krejcikova REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari has been on top of her game lately. She has made it to the semifinal of two Grand Slam events this season. These results indicate that she is moving in the right direction and the finishing line is well within her sights. 

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However, Maria Sakkari was disappointed after crashing out of the US Open this season. She felt that she did not play her best tennis. Taking a closer look into things, she was gutted as she had two opportunities this season to make it to a final of a Grand Slam event. 

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Maria Sakkari of Greece hits a forehand against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic (not pictured) on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The 26-year-old player spoke on this and stated, “She plays fearlessly and she goes for it. She does the right thing and has nothing to lose. She’s enjoying herself. But we were all absent from the court playing against her. I saw Belinda yesterday. I think she would agree that we did not bring our best performance. I’m sad. I’m very broken that I couldn’t make it to my first final once again. But I’m positive that it will come sometime soon.”

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Maria Sakkari beat Grand Slam winners in the past week 

During the US Open 2021, Sakkari managed to knock out some of the best players in the game. After registering wins against Grand Slam champions, Petra Kvitova and Bianca Andreescu, the Greek star was unable to go the distance. 

Sep 8, 2021; Flushing, NY, USA; Maria Sakkari of Greece reaches for a backhand against Karolina Pliskova of Czech Republic (not pictured) on day ten of the 2021 U.S. Open tennis tournament at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

However, these experiences are only going to be a learning lesson for her. We hope to see her back on the courts soon and wish her all the best for the upcoming matches and the rest of the season. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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