The relay started with his grandfather Dimitris Kanellopoulou: his performance was enough to represent Greece in the Davis Cup, and then he was his daughter’s coach. Daughter Angelika Kanellopoulou is even better: she reached 43rd place in the world in the 1980s and participated in the quarter-finals of the Olympics and the third round of the French Open. Granddaughter Maria Sakkari has entered the top 20 of the WTA, and it looks like she won’t be ranked 18th in the end. On Wednesday, she made her debut in the Grand Slam quarter-finals, where Iga Witke was waiting for her. The Greek women won 6:4, 6:4, and the result proved to be even better.
They reached this position through completely different paths in their careers: Iga Świątek as a tennis prodigy, and Maria Sakkari, who they still doubt. Although she has tennis genes, she is not a teenage girl. She did not win the Junior Grand Slam. She entered the top 100 before her 21st birthday. It is safe to say, according to current standards: until the 21st birthday. But despite these different paths and different family traditions, she and Igą wi ± tek have something very important in common: they both love tennis.
It may seem obvious, but sometimes it is not obvious in the statements of many tennis players. For them, it is usually about how much tennis is needed. With Sakkari and Świątek-how much tennis gave. For them, the fun of playing and sports is above all else. -If they cancel these competitions, I might apply for the 100th place in the Greek Athletics Championships, because you can’t stand without a competition-Maria Sakkari said at the time that the WTA Tour returned after the pandemic was interrupted. She has practiced track and field sports, and she has an impressive 100-year-old life record: 12.50.
-Question, what is the problem? Thank you for allowing us to enter Australia. You made an exception for us. You are the best people in the world-she said before the Australian Open when she found herself in the strictest isolation group. There were a series of complaints and conclusions from other tennis players. But Sakari squeezed out the confinement period of this room. Through practice, stay connected online and play fantasy football. As before, she squeezed out as much time as possible from the months of lockdown through service work and physical preparation. We are talking about a tennis player who is as well-trained as a Marine and has the best biceps on the tour. Strong muscles, smooth hair combed into a bun, and a soldier’s pace, like the 2010 French Open champion Francesca Schiavoni-Maria Sakari will not be mistaken for it even at a distance Anyone else on the court. She was born in Athens, but said she was from Sparta. Her father was born in Sparta. -I have Sparta in my heart. I always fight to the end-Maria said. The theme of the Spartan court was eagerly broadcast in various promotional activities and interviews. During the lockdown in Australia, she began to promote a series of exercises-Challenge: “Practice against Sparta”.
What she shared with Iga Świątek is not only gameIt also depends on the strength of the team. The Sakari team is the young coach Tom Hill and the young physical therapist Daniel Boll. They had a great time together. In the end, Maria is very close to this breakthrough step in her career: to be at the forefront and challenge a trophy. He is very confident playing in Paris. In the tie-break with Belgian Elise Mertens, she only lost one game. Mertens is the favorite person. In the fourth game, Sophia Kenning, Sakari failed to take the initiative in the second set, although her nerves made herself feel at some point, she also conceded a lot of goals. But she has mastered the favorite of theory. Earlier this season, she reached the semifinals in Miami, beating Naomi Osaka all the way. She also participated in the semi-finals in Abu Dhabi this year.
But for many years, there have been few big shots in her career. She established her continuous promotion step by step. She made her debut in the Grand Slam tournament in 2015, initially focusing on the Grand Slam tournament. There she earned points, which allowed her to be promoted to 100 WTA in 2016. One year later, she was already 50 years old, and another year later, she entered the top 30. In 2019, she won the first game of the WTA Tour. The same applies to Grand Slams: first, the rule is that there is a second round, then a third round, a year ago-the fourth round. Now it’s a step forward. In the past three seasons, there was only one truly unsuccessful Grand Slam: the 2021 Australian Open, after a long period of isolation. She lost to Kristina Mladenović in the first round. A year ago, she participated in the fourth round of Australia and the fourth round of the 2020 US Open. Currently, Roland Garros confirmed that the hope of awakening in 2020 is justified.
Thanks to her grandfather and mother, she held the racket for the first time. In the first few years, she mainly exercised with her grandfather, and later sometimes exercised with her mother, but only occasionally. Tennis has never been imposed on her, she should choose. She tried ballet, but they thanked her (“I’m not very good”). She signed up for karate, but because she was hanging out, they kicked her out. The court is always close, not far from home. In the end he won. She started playing tennis very late, when she was only 18 years old. Then she went to the Spanish academy and bet on tennis. Today, she is the most popular female athlete in Greece, the spokesperson of Adidas, and has many high-profile fans. Sometimes he would listen to his mother’s advice about tennis. But as he said, mother tennis and her tennis are actually two other sports. So they are more willing to talk about life together.