For veteran player Maria, Sakkari’s “pretty wonderful” upset


Wimbledon, England (AP) — Maria Sakkari’s Wimbledon run seemed to be in trouble when Maria Sakkari stopped climbing to 5-1 in the second set of the third round.

Then Maria turned it around — in a hurry.

The 34-year-old German scored the next three points to 4-2, then rattled for five consecutive games, beating five-seeded Sakkari 6-3, 7-5 at the All England Club.

Maria, in 103rd place, reached the fourth round in the Grand Slam for the first time in her 35th major appearance.

“It’s pretty cool,” Maria said. She said, “I think I had a good match from start to finish.”

Maria’s last best at the Grand Slam was the third round at Wimbledon in 2015.

Sakkari defeated Maria 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the first round of this year’s Australian Open. The German said the match “gave me some confidence … and I knew I had a chance. If you play wisely and well, you can win this match. increase.”

Two-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, 26-year-old Sakkari made 30 unforced errors, including a forehand volley at an important break point chance in the sixth game of the second set.

“It was a very bad performance from myself. It’s a shame,” said Sakkari, who hasn’t passed the third round at Wimbledon yet. “That’s Tatjana’s credit. She played very well. She played the game. She just ruined the game plan and everything.”

Following Maria was the 2017 French Open champion 12-seeded Elena Ostapenko, who defeated Irina-Camelia Beg 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.

Heather Watson also hadn’t reached the fourth round of the Grand Slam tournament until Friday. The 30-year-old Briton, who made his 12th appearance in the All England Club, defeated Kayajuban 7-6 (6), 6-2.

Watson then plays Jules Niemeyer of Germany. She defeated Lesia Tsurenko 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.

Caroline Garcia, who defeated 10-seeded Emma Raducanu in the second round, defeated 33-seeded Chinese Zhang Shuai 7-6 (3) and 7-6 (5). She then faces Marie Boweskova, who eliminated the 28-seeded Alison Riske 6-2, 6-3.

Third-seeded Ons Jabeur also defeated France’s Diane Parry 6-2, 6-3. The Tunisians will face 24-seeded Elise Mertens, who defeated 2018 Wimbledon champion Angelique Kerber 6-4, 7-5.


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