All tennis tournaments at hiatus due to pandemic, to be continued with WTA Tour this week in Italy. However, The third-seeded Maria Sakkari knocked out by Kristyna Pliskova at the Palermo Ladies Open 2020.
In a late-night match, World No.20 Sakkari was faced the Czech Player Pliskova in the Italian clay-court. Followed by the 87-minutes of a fight, World No.69 Kristyna Pliskova overcame Greek in the straight sets(6-4, 6-4).
Pliskova said to the press after the match, “The conditions were really tough. Before the match, I was also sleeping a little bit! We stayed so late here, I think it’s tough for (Sakkari) as well. The body is not used to playing at 2 am, But I think my serve was there, like almost always, and it helped me quite a lot.”
She also explained about her remarkable victory amid the coronavirus pandemic.“I did so many points with my serve, and also my backhand was okay. I think of course she didn’t play her best today like she’s playing normally on clay, but I was solid.”
“Blessed To Be Back”- Maria Sakkari
Before the match, the 25-years-old Maria Sakkari revealed about her pandemic days fitness practices, “If the Tour was canceled, I was going to compete in 100m track and field event at the National Championships. There were rumors going around that the Tour would be canceled. I’m fast, I knew I was not gonna win because I’m sure not a professional, but I wanted to find something.”
Moreover, Sakkari started working out with the help of her fitness coach since May 4th and she said, “I was running a lot. I think I was running more than I ever did.”
Sakkari can run 100m within 12.7 seconds but without her spikes and starting blocks. Even though she’s persuading athletics, her priority has always been Tennis.
Additionally, Sakkari said she’s “Blessed to be back” on the courts. Moreover, She won her first WTA singles title at the Morocco Open in 2019.