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Old Dec 23rd, 2013, 05:12 AM   #60
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Re: Following the Family Tradition: Maria Sakkari

10K Turkey:
R1 l. to (Q) Anastasia Mukhametova RUS (#1133) 6-2 6-7(8) 2-6
Mukhametova actually was a really promising player and then vanished for quite a while so the loss doesn't look that bad, but the scoreline clearly indicates a choke

10K Greece, MYTILINI:
R1 BYE
R2 d. Samantha Powers USA (#1183) 2-6 6-2 6-2
QF d. Angeliki Kairi GRE (#1136) 6-4 6-1
SF d. (8) Ashley Murdock USA (#879) 2-6 6-1 6-3
F l. to (6) Klaartje Liebens BEL (#822) 2-6 1-6
Maria was the top seed here, so it's too bad she couldn't win. It's crazy how she has been in several 10K finals and still hasn't won one. I knew she wouldn't win this one though, Mytilini is the only Greek tournament with some history that has lasted through the economic crisis (it's just a 10K, but still), and Greek girls have won it every even year since it started (Anna Gerasimou in 06, Eirini Georgatou in 08, Despina Papamichail in 10, and Despoina Vogasari in 12), so 2013 meant a foreign girl had to win

Maria also played doubles here with BFF Agni Stefanou, but they lost a super tiebreak heartbreaker in the semis

10K Greece, MARATHON:
R1 d. (WC) Martha Matoula GRE (NR) 6-1 6-1
R2 d. (7) Valeria Podda NED (#623) 6-3 6-3
QF d. Francesca Palmigiano ITA (#665) 6-4 1-6 6-1
SF d. (8) Janina Toljan AUT (#648) 6-4 6-7(7) 6-4
F l. to (6) Aminat Kushkova RUS (#594) 0-6 5-7
4th career 10K final, still no titles
When is she going to win one finally?????
Also Lost doubles final 10-8 in STB

10K Greece, MARATHON:
R1 d. Agni Stefanou GRE (#731) 6-3 6-3
R2 l. to (1) Nuria Parrizas Diaz ESP (#405) 3-6 3-6

10K Greece, MARATHON:
R1 d. Stefanie Stemmer GER (#878) 6-1 6-0
R2 l. to (6) Laura Schaeder GER (#578) 5-7 3-6
Also lost doubles R1 here

25K Nigeria:
R1 l. to (6) Melanie Klaffner AUT (#183) 1-6 3-6

25K Nigeria:
R1 d. (Q) Xi-Yao Wang CHN (#729) 6-1 7-5
R2 l. to (4) Cristina Dinu ROU (#180) 5-7 1-6
Doubles QF with Fafaliou

10K Spain:
R1 d. (Q) Maria Palhoto POR (NR) 6-3 7-5
R2 d. Carmen Lopez-Rueda ESP (#894) 6-2 6-1
QF d. (4) Jade Suvrijn FRA (#492) 6-2 6-7(6) 6-2
SF l. to (7) Mayar Sherif EGY (#641) 7-6(5) 6-7(7) 1-6
I wonder how many MPs she wasted
Even in the QF she made it so much harder than it had to be, she always does stuff like this

10K Spain:
R1 l. to Aleksandra Zenovka RUS (#975) 6-7(1) 2-6

10K Spain:
R1 d. (Q) Alba Carrillo Marin ESP (NR) 6-3 6-1
R2 d. Ai Wen Zhu CHN (#913) 6-1 6-0
QF d. Ines Ibbou ALG (#967) 6-3 6-3
SF l. to (5) Lisa Sabino SUI (#632) 1-6 1-6
Also reached doubles SF here but had to withdraw because her Spanish partner was injured

10K Spain:
R1 d. Melanie Stokke NOR (#958) 6-1 6-1
R2 d. Paula Mocete-Talamantes ESP (#1196) 6-0 6-0
QF l. to (5) Leolia Jeanjean FRA (#727) 2-6 4-6


Overall, Maria did a great job to turn around her year. She still has some issues though. She struggles to close out matches and loses too many close sets. She can't win a 10K title, but her raking improved a lot. After hitting rock bottom by having her ranking drop to 796 (Greek #7 at the time), she rebounded very well. Now she's at a career-high of 544. I hope in 2014 she can continue to improve her ranking. She needs to play more tournaments also. It's also good that now she is starting to play more doubles, as it will only help her in the long run.
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