September 28, 2021
(Reuters) – Greece’s Maria Sakkari has risen to fifth place in the race to compete in the end-of-season WTA Finals in Mexico, backed by her consistent results, the women’s tour said.
The 26-year-old played five semi-finals in the 2021 season, including majors from France and the National Open, before finishing second at the WTA 500 event in Ostrava, Czech Republic last week.
Born in Athens, Sakkari reached her career’s highest 10th place when the women’s rankings were updated on Monday after reaching 22nd place.
“People don’t understand how big it is for those who are in the top 10 at the age of 26 instead of 20,” Sakkari told Ostrava. “When no one believed I could do it, myself and the people around me really believed in me.
“I don’t want to sound like I’ve achieved my goal, but it’s a big step for my career and all tennis players. Of course, I think I’m higher, but we’re stepping it up. I will continue. “
Defending champion Ashleigh Barty, world No. 2 Alina Sabalenka, and French Open champion Barbora Krejčkova all participated in the WTA Finals in Guadalajara, Mexico in November.
After the COVID-19 pandemic canceled last year’s event, the final match between the world’s top eight single players and eight double teams has been moved from Shenzhen, China.
Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova is currently fourth on the leaderboard, followed by Sakkari, Iga Sifion, Naomi Osaka and Garbine Muguruza.
(Report by Sudipto Ganguly, Mumbai, edited by Stephen Coates)
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