Sakkari Happy To Give Karate The Chop In French Open Title Pursuit
Faizan Hashmi 12 days ago Sun 06th June 2021 | 07:00 PM
Paris, June 6 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 6th Jun, 2021 ) :Karate's loss was Greek tennis' gain when Maria Sakkari decided martial arts was not for her.
"When I was a child, I did swimming, running, ballet and even karate," Sakkari recalled.
"But I got kicked out of karate class on the first day I went because I was laughing so much. It all just seemed so funny to me.
"I only went because my brother Yannis went. He stayed but I didn't. There was no way I could have been a professional." Fast forward to 2021 and the world number 18 is on the verge of reaching the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.
It took American legend Chris Evert to stop her mother, who played under her maiden name of Kanellopoulou, the first time in Paris.
Sakkari often calls upon her 'spirit of Sparta' on and off the court where a punishing fitness regime makes her a tough opponent.
In her third round win over Belgium's Elise Mertens she fired 53 winners to make the second week of a Slam for just the third time.
He also took Djokovic to five sets in the French Open semi-finals.
"I think they are proud of us. Stefanos inspires me a lot. It's very important for me to just be kind of like by his side in that journey." Not that her journey is all work.
"I'm pretty positive that I'm going to do well from now on. He actually said, I'm excited that my player is coming back from retirement!"On Monday, Sakkari faces fourth seeded Sofia Kenin of the United States for a place in the quarter-finals.