US Open: Sakkari reaps rewards for bravery in late-night thriller

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The
Greek
sealed
a
6-7
(2-7)
7-6
(8-6)
6-3
victory
in
a
gruelling
last-16
clash
that
finally
concluded
at
02:13
local
time
in
New
York

the
latest
finish
to
a
women’s
singles
match
in
tournament
history.

Sakkari
saved
eight
of
the
12
break
points
she
faced
as
she
racked
up
46
winners
and
40
unforced
errors
after
adopting
a
bold
approach
to
fight
back
from
a
set
down
and
wrap
up
the
victory
in
three
hours
and
30
minutes.

She
ended
2019
champion
Andreescu’s
10-match
unbeaten
streak
at
the
US
Open
and
was
delighted
to
see
her
tactics
pay
off,
with
Karolina
Pliskova
standing
between
her
and
second
grand
slam
semi-final
of
the
year.

Speaking
about
her
fearless
showing,
Sakkari,
who
was
beaten
in
the
last
four
at
Roland
Garros,
said:
“It’s
something
that
I’ve
been
working
with
[coach]
Tom
[Hill]
since
end
of
last
year,
but
I
felt
like
I
lost
that
bravery
after
the
French.
I
was
more
hesitant.
I
was
not
going
for
it
so
much.

“After
my
loss
[in
Cincinnati]
with
Angie
[Angelique
Kerber]
I
just
practiced
for
two
weeks.
I
had
some
very
tough
practices
where
I
was
crying
because
I
could
not
feel
my
shots,
I
could
not
feel
my
tennis.
But
thankfully
I
had
Tom
and
Yannis,
my
hitting
partner,
that
supported
me
a
lot.

“I
lost
my
identity.
That’s
how
I
called
it.
I
lost
myself,
part
of
myself.
With
my
psychologist,
as
well,
I
found
a
way
to
come
back
and
feel
again
what
I
felt
out
there
today.

“By
telling
myself
to
be
more
brave,
it’s
not
like,
Maria,
now
be
brave,
and
you’re
brave.
It’s
just
a
process
in
practice
and
everything
that
has
helped
me
to
be
more
brave.

“I
mean,
there
was
a
decent
crowd
staying
until
2:30
at
night.
I
said,
Maria,
you
cannot
give
up.
Just
stay
focused
and
stay
calm
and
just
make
balls.”

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