4 in the world Maria Sakkari acknowledges that she has come to the realization that she does not genuinely enjoy being among the finest players in the world. Following his Miami second-place finish, Sakkari climbed to a career-high position of No. 3 in the world. Sakkari has only won 11 games in the five months since her impressive Miami run.
Sakkari has had multiple early exits and underwhelming outcomes over the past five months. Sakkari got down with his coach Tom Hill for an open and honest discussion after losing unexpectedly to Shelby Rogers in her San Jose debut last week.
According to Sakkari, who is one of the finest players in the world, “I just sat down with [Coach] Tom [Hill] for a lot of hours and just realized that I’m not enjoying being one of the best players in the world, which was something very tough to confess and very challenging to take.”
“But it is the reality. It is the truth. I believe that I had to deal with the pressure and everything.”
Sakkari discusses Miami’s mistakes.
“It was incredibly emotional after the match against Paula [Badosa in the Indian Wells semifinals] because I knew that after winning that match, I was going to be a Top 3 player,” Sakkari continued.
“Because my mother was so well-known back home, [in Greece], people would always say of me, “She’s never going to make it, even if she changes everything.” She won’t succeed in life.
And then, out of nowhere, I start to rise to the top of the game. So handling that was quite difficult for me. I had trouble. When you are on tour and perform week after week, you may forget how much you have actually accomplished since you don’t take a break.
Some individuals need time, and I think I needed time as well. However, I believe that I am returning to my true self. And I think you’ll see a different Maria than you did in the previous three months.”
Sakkari is performing in Toronto this week. The third-seeded player in the competition, Sakkari, receives a bye in the opening round. Sakkari faces the victor of the match between Sloane Stephens and Sofia Kenin after receiving a first-round bye.