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Greek Tennis Champion Maria Sakkari Makes It to WTA Finals

Maria Sakkari celebrates her win against Veronika Kudermetova at the Guadalajara Open Akron on October 21, 2022.
The moment of joy, when Greek tennis champion Maria Sakkari secures appearance at WTA finals. Credit: Twitter / WTA

Greek tennis champion Maria Sakkari qualified for the 2022 Women’s Tennis Association Finals on Friday, thus becoming the eighth and final singles player to secure her place in the season-ending tournament in Fort Worth, Texas.

This is the second appearance of Sakkari at the WTA Finals. In 2021, she became the first Greek woman to qualify for the event, reaching the semifinals.

She will now join World No.1 Iga Swiatek, Ons Jabeur, Jessica Pegula, Coco Gauff, Caroline Garcia, Aryna Sabalenka, and Daria Kasatkina in the singles draw.

Guadalajara Open Akron win sent Sakkari to WTA Finals

Maria Sakkari defeated Veronika Kudermetova in the Guadalajara Open Akron quarter-final on Friday and will face Marie Bouzkova in the semifinal on Sunday.

Sakkari has reached three finals this season, contesting the title match at the WTA 1000 BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, WTA 500 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy and the WTA 250 Parma Ladies Open.

Her qualification hopes were boosted further by semifinal runs at the WTA 1000 Qatar Total Energies Open (Doha), WTA 500 bett1open (Berlin), a WTA announcement notes.

The Greek tennis champion broke into the top five for the first time and reached a career-high ranking of third best on March 21st.

Exciting Women’s Tennis Association year-end finals

This the first time since 2005 that the WTA Finals return to the US. They will run October 31st to November 7th.

Steve Simon, WTA Chairman and CEO, said the 2022 WTA Finals are set to be one of the most exciting year-end finals to date.

“Athletes representing five different continents will be competing in singles and doubles, highlighting the truly global nature of the Hologic WTA Tour,” he said. “The combination of our emerging stars and established champions will treat fans to a thrilling week in Fort Worth, bringing the curtain down on another fantastic WTA season.”

Τhe top eight singles players and doubles teams will compete in a round-robin format.

The singles champion will lift the WTA Finals Billie Jean King Trophy and the doubles champions will earn the WTA Finals Martina Navratilova Trophy.

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