FILE PHOTO: Tennis – WTA 500 – Ostrava Open – CEZ Enviornment, Ostrava, Czech Republic – September 26, 2021 Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit celebrates after successful her ultimate match towards Greece’s Maria Sakkari REUTERS/David W Cerny/File Photograph
September 28, 2021
(Reuters) – Greek Maria Sakkari has climbed to fifth spot within the race to qualify for the season-ending WTA Finals in Mexico on the again of her constant outcomes, the ladies’s tour has mentioned.
The 26-year-old made 5 semi-finals through the 2021 season, together with the French and the U.S. Open majors, earlier than ending runner-up on the WTA 500 occasion in Ostrava, Czech Republic, final week.
After beginning the yr ranked twenty second, the Athens-born Sakkari additionally reached her career-best rating of tenth when the ladies’s rankings have been up to date on Monday.
“Folks don’t realise how huge it’s for somebody who on the age of 26 – not the age of 20 – cracks into the High 10,” Sakkari mentioned in Ostrava. “When nobody believed I might do it, myself and the individuals round me actually believed in me.
“I don’t wish to sound like I achieved my aim, however it’s an enormous step for my profession and for each tennis participant. After all I see myself as larger, however we’ll take it step-by-step.”
Defending champion Ash Barty, world quantity two Aryna Sabalenka and French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova have all certified for the WTA Finals, which will probably be held in November in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The Finals, contested by the world’s high eight singles gamers and eight doubles groups, was moved out of China’s Shenzhen after final yr’s occasion was cancelled as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.
Wimbledon finalist Karolina Pliskova is at the moment fourth on the leaderboard adopted by Sakkari, Iga Swiatek, Naomi Osaka and Garbine Muguruza.
(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly in Mumbai; modifying by Stephen Coates)