Maria Sakkari had a harsh begin to 2021. She was stuck in her space for 2 weeks of difficult quarantine in Australia, and also the 25-year-old, a hard-charging physical professional recognized for her simple mindset, confesses that the experience took a toll on her. It triggered her to shed what she calls “her identity” on the court.
Today in Miami, where she is currently via to the semifinals for the very first time, the Greek celebrity spoke about the experience and also clarified why she is recently rounding right into the type she looks for.
“I think after the two weeks in Australia, stuck in the room, I lost a little bit of my identity, which is being aggressive but also making a lot of balls and playing physical matches,” she claimed on Monday after conserving 6 suit factors to stun Jessica Pegula in the round of 16. “Even though I had a couple of good wins after that, I wasn’t feeling it.”
Sakkari claims that she has actually been collaborating with her train Tom Hillside and also slowly returning to her grinding, penalizing video game.
“So after Dubai we spent a lot of time on court, to be honest,” she claimed. “We just tried to get back that [mentality] and keep my aggressive part and get back my, how can I say? – my boring game. This is how we call it with Tom. It feels now that I’m getting it back. I think these two weeks were very hard for my game, and, you know, I just was not feeling myself.”
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