World No 6 Maria Sakkari says she doesn’t care about the outside talk as she underlined that she is still a top-10 player and also a participant of the upcoming WTA Finals. On Friday, Sakkari defeated Veronika Kudermetova 6-1 5-7 6-4 in the Guadalajara quarterfinal.
Sakkari and Kudermetova were playing directly for the final spot at the WTA Finals. Sakkari, 27, didn’t even come near to winning her first Grand Slam title this year, but she did have some other notable results. “I don’t care what people say about my season that has been a roller coaster.
All I know is I’m still a Top 10 player. I’m still one of the two players that might get the last spot,” Sakkari told WTA Insider.
Sakkari loves Mexico
Last year, the WTA Finals took place in Guadalajara, Mexico.
A year ago, Sakkari debuted at the WTA Finals and reached the semifinal. This year, Sakkari clinched her WTA Finals ticket by making a strong result at this week’s WTA 1000 event in Guadalajara. After clinching the last WTA Finals spot, Sakkari opened up about her love for Mexico.
“There is something special about this tournament, about the people, about how I feel about this place. I told my friends here, my Mexican friends, that I’ll be supporting Mexico in the World Cup because Greece did not qualify.
I’ll support my second favorite country,” Sakkari said. Also, Sakkari said that Mexico reminds her of her native country, Greece. “I see all the restaurants being full every day. That reminds me a lot of Greece.
No matter if it’s Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, they like to go out. They like their music. You’re outgoing. You like good food. You like the good life as we do, in a good way, of course. I mean, everything. You’re very passionate like we are,” Sakkari added.
Jessica Pegula, 28, shares inspirational message to younger players, kids
It took Pegula time, but now she is a tennis star and recognized among the best players in the game.
Jessica Pegula, 28, has encouraged younger players and kids to work hard and to always believe that their dreams could become a reality. After beating Sloane Stephens in the Guadalajara quarterfinal, Pegula became the player with the most WTA 1000 wins over the last two years.
Pegula, who is enjoying a career-high ranking of No 5 in the world, has been one of the most consistent players this season. But there was a time when Pegula was everything but a consistent player. “If you told me 5 years ago when I couldn’t string 2 matches together that I would have this stat.
You can always improve, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise,” Pegula tweeted.
Pegula set for the WTA Finals
In a week, Pegula will be competing at the WTA Finals.
Not only that Pegula qualified for the singles event at the WTA Finals, she has also earned a spot for the doubles event with Cori Gauff. “It’s a huge honour. When we did well earlier this year we were also doing well in singles.
But we were like ‘we want to make year-end Finals for doubles and singles as well.’ So I think for us to be able to play doubles is awesome,” Pegula said. What’s interesting is that Pegula started her season with back-to-back first round losses.
Since then, Pegula has been very consistent and she has been mostly reaching the latter stages of tournaments. “That’s the great thing about it. You start the year and you have no idea how it’s going to end up.