Maria Sakkari began screaming at her team and threatening her coach Tom Hill with “breaking the racket if you speak one more thing” during the Indian Wells final match against Iga Swiatek as a result of the pressure and tension. Sakkari was the featured player in the third installment of the Netflix tennis documentary “Break Point,” which covered her journey to her maiden WTA 1000 final in Indian Wells.
“Continue to focus on the centre. It’s okay. You can do this “During the opening frame of her match against Swiatek, Hill told Sakkari. Sakkari answered right away: “She took the line, and I took the middle. (At that point, I flung a towel) F—- me.” Hill informed the Greek after Swiatek took the opening set and started the second set break early: “Play everything into the court’s centre.
each and every ball.” Hill was the target of a nervous-looking Sakkari who warned, “One more word and I’ll shatter the racket.” Sakkari quickly lost control of the scene on the court. “Visit hell. Nothing enters, “Greek was yelled by Sakkari.
Coach Hill realized that saying anything while Sakkari was out of control on the court would only make matters worse. Hill warned the group, “Anything we say now is going to aggravate her much more.” Sakkari eventually dropped the match 6-4, 6-1.
On the pressure she was under, Sakkari
“Sometimes you can’t manage the strain when you want something so desperately. It seems like two tiny animals are fighting inside of me “In the episode, Sakkari commented. Sakkari acknowledged that she lost herself fully during the final and that it was quite embarrassing when it was finished and she had cooled down.
“The pressure I’ve been under for years simply poured out. It was awful. I only want to sob. It is humiliating. You are not who you are. For the entire two weeks, I wasn’t the same Maria. The intense victory I had over Paula in the semifinals really sapped all of my energy.
Losing is a part of the game, too. We all get a sense of defeat. except if you’re Novak, Rafa, or Roger. That is a unique situation. The rest of us will experience more losses than gains “Sakkari said.