Happy Birthday, Maria Sakkari!
The two-time major semifinalist turns 27 Monday in a year that has seen her become the first player from Greece to crack the Top 3 of the WTA rankings. It’s been a steady climb to this point, with Sakkari improving her year-end ranking each season.
While her 2022 hasn’t quite yielded the results she expected at the first three majors, success has come elsewhere. At the first two 1000-level events, the Athens native advanced to the semifinals of Doha before contesting the biggest final of her career at Indian Wells.