Maria Sakkari (18th) decisively defeated Petra Kvitova (11th) 6-4, 6-3 and advanced to the round of 16 of the US Open. After getting into the fourth round, the Greek, in a press conference, gave her opinion on the situation of her compatriot Stefanos Tsitipas (3rd), who was questioned during the tournament for stopping their matches by going to the locker room.
“I think he’s pretty strong mentally and it won’t affect him in the long run. Like I said before in the Greek media, I’m pretty sure he doesn’t do it on purposeSakkari said.
Furthermore, he explained: “I said in a funny way that Stefanos is very intense on the court, but is very slow in other movements. I played with him and I can see why he is late to the bathroom. I’m 100% sure you don’t do it on purpose“
On the other hand, in the fourth instance he will face Bianca Andreescu (7th). The Canadian, who is going for the title, defeated Greet Minen, from Belgium, in the previous phase, with a resounding 6-1 and 6-2. “Bianca is one of the toughest players to play on the tour, and I’m prepared for it to be a very, very difficult match for both of us.“, commented the Greek tennis player.
Sakkari dreams big at the US Open: “I still believe in myself, that I can, you know, go further in this tournament“.