Sakkari: "I manage to find ways to win"
The Greek champion said after the match: "My tennis is not where I would like it to be. I make a lot of effortless mistakes, but the important thing is that I fight and manage to find ways to win.
This is the most important thing, to find a way to win", said the 27-year-old Sakkari and added: “I don't care about winning without my performance being good. What concerns me is why I make so many effortless mistakes. It's not something I can change in a day though, it won't make me lose sleep. Many times I have managed to return to my good self. I've heard so many stories of players who weren't playing well at the start of a tournament and gradually improved."
Moreover, a month after her traumatic experience against Karolina Pliskova, in the Dubai tournament premiere (21/2), Maria Sakkari will once again face the 30-year-old Czech, on Tuesday night (14/03, no earlier than 20:00) as part of the round of 16 of Indian Wells. In the previous 1000 tournament, the 27-year-old champion was defeated "hands down" by the world No. 17 (6-1, 6-2), however, the match that follows is completely different.
Sakkari admitted his difficulties and is optimistic about his outcome: "Of course it will be a very difficult match. We also played in Dubai, but there the court suited Pliskova's game and not so much mine. it will be hot, causing the ball to come very fast. At this point, you don't expect an easy game. My opponent serves very high and likes to hit the ball hard, so what I have to do is reduce my mistakes. Otherwise he will take advantage of it and dominate.”