Maria Sakkari has achieved a notable milestone and made more Greek tennis history as the 28-year-old officially kicked off her 100th consecutive week in the top-10 this Monday, via TENNIS magazine. Sakkari, ranked at No 8 in the world, broke into the top-10 for the first time in her career on September 27th, 2021.
At the time, Sakkari became the first-ever Greek WTA player to make the top-10. Since then, Sakkari hasn’t exited the top-10 nor once and she has now made more history – she is the first Greek woman to achieve 100 consecutive weeks in the top-10.
100 STRAIGHT WEEKS IN THE TOP 10!
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Sakkari, the first Greek woman to reach the Top 10 in WTA rankings history, first broke into the elite on September 27th, 2021 and hasn’t left since.
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Sakkari recently had a candid message for her critics
In early August, Sakkari defeated Jessica Pegula 6-3 4-6 6-2 in the Washington semifinal. By beating Pegula, Sakkari ended her negative run of seven straight defeats in the semifinals in 2023.
Afterward, Sakkari had a message for “dumb critics” as she pointed out that she has been constantly making deep runs and also being ranked inside the top-10.“It wasn’t really on my mind, because I really tried to block that semifinal thing that has been going on and on for so long and in every different platform.
I just don’t really care anymore. They have made YouTube videos of my losing semifinals. I’m, like, Whatever. People are just so dumb. You know, I’m telling you, I think if you were to ask a lot of players on the tour if they would take my semifinal record, they would say yes because I’m not losing in the first round.
I’m losing in the semifinal. So at the same time, it’s nothing bad about it. Well, I played four finals last year, so I don’t know why everyone is, like, so, you know, crazy about me losing in the semifinals. I think that I have been doing pretty well. I have been top 10 for two years, but I guess that everyone has something to say,” Sakkari said in Washington.