Out of the US Open from the 2nd round Maria Sakkari.
The Greek, who is ranked No. 3 in the world and last year reached the “4” in New York, was defeated 6-3, 5-7, 5-7 by the 21-year-old Chinese Qigu Wang which is at number 75!
So two days after he was banned Stefanou Tsitsipas (1st round) and Maria Sakkari says goodbye to New York and Greece is left without a representative at the US Open. In the best case scenario, after the US Open, Sakkari will fall from No. 3 to No. 5.
Maria Sakkari reached a double break point with good morning in the 1st set but the Chinese woman erased it and tied it at 1-1. The Greek also had a 3rd break point in the 4th game but it was erased by Wang.
With her 4th chance, however, she reached a break and 3-1! The Chinese reached a triple break point in the 5th game and with a break reduced to 3-2. The Chinese equalized at 3-3, but Sakkari went to 5-3 with a break!
With a love service game, he closed the set at 6-3 in 43′.
The Chinese reacted
In the 2nd set, the Chinese reached 2-1 and with a break to 3-1. Sakkari had a break point in the 5th game but Wang erased it and reached 4-1!
The Greek had a double break point in the 7th game, but the Chinese erased them. But she took advantage of her 3rd chance and reduced to 4-3 with a break. Sakkari got the break back (5-4) but Wang reached set point on the 26-year-old’s serve.
The Greek erased it and equalized at 5-5! The Chinese also erased a break point in the 11th for 6-5. Wang lost a break point but closed out the set at 7-5 with the second.
Persist and win
The 3rd started with a break point by Sakkari but Wang erased it for 1-0. With her 4th chance in the 3rd game, the Greek broke and took a 2-1 lead.
She defended it with her serve for 3-1 and the Chinese reduced to 3-2. Wang took back the break (3-3) and took the lead 4-3 with a love service game.
Sakkari tied at 4-4 and then at 5-5. Wang reached double match point and closed the game with a break.
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UPD: 31.08.2022, 20:55