WATCH: Sakkari visited the TC Live Desk after a decisive win over Petra Kvitova at the BNP Paribas Open.

Greece's Maria Sakkari keeps climbing higher and aiming higher.

The No. 6 has reached the quarterfinals of the BNP Paribas Open at Indian Wells, winning by retirement against Daria Saville. In 2021, she got to two Grand Slam semifinals, at the French Open and US Open, and this season she wants more—but she's first concentrating on her game.

“I'm not going to tell you a ranking or a tournament because I think we all have the same goals, like we all want to get to No. 1 and win Grand Slams or win tournaments like this one," she told press at Indian Wells. "But what I want to do—I was a very good version of myself last year, I just want to become an even better version than last year.

“Then, if I can do that, then I'm sure that I'll achieve better things than last year. And then if it's this week, if it's the next week or if it's Madrid, Rome, Paris, Wimbledon, I don't really care, I just know that if I can do that it will come.”

But the tour is also getting more competitive, notes Sakkari, who is the daughter of Angeliki Kanellopoulou, a former WTA pro.

“I think that it's just that women right now are more athletic. No disrespect to the previous generation at all, but that like now girls are bigger, we're serving stronger, we spend more time in the gym,” she said. “I think before, like 20 years ago, like I know from my mom, she never had a massage.

"She was telling me that every time she was in pain she was just taking an aspirin and that was it.

"It's just that in everything, not only tennis, things are changing, things are evolving, like technology.”


But Sakkari, 26, is also changing her game, building her baseline game by using her speed and power to play more offensively.

“It's just now I think tennis has changed. There are so many girls serving well,” Sakkari said. “We all know that I'm not one of the tallest ones, so for me was something that I really had to work on different ways.

"And let's say [Karolina] Pliskova or Petra [Kvitova] or players like Paula [Badosa], that they're a lot taller than me. But I'm very, very good from the baseline. I think I would consider myself one of the best ones from the baseline, but I had to step it up, and I had to find different ways of winning points because there are also other players like Anett [Kontaveit] and the entire top 10 right now, they're also very good from the baseline, so I had to find different ways of finding solutions during a match.”

Seeded No. 6 in Indian Wells, Sakkari will next face No. 17 seed Elena Rybakina in the quarterfinals.