Maria Sakkari wins spot in upcoming Roland-Garros semifinals: First Greek woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final

Maria Sakkari of Greece reacts during her quarter final match against Iga Swiatek of Poland at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros in Paris, France, 09 June 2021. EPA/IAN LANGSDON

Greek professional tennis player Maria Sakkari beat defending champion Iga Swiatek in her first career major quarter-final at the Roland-Garros tournament in Paris on Wednesday.

“She is the first Greek woman to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final in the Open Era,” the tournament posted on Twitter, congratulating the Greek player.

In the semifinals Sakkari will face Barbora Krejcikova for a spot in the final.

Meanwhile, upon news of her victorious performance, Deputy Culture & Sports Minister Lefteris Avgenakis congratulated Sakkari in a post on Twitter, saying that she is “unique, awesome” and that “together with Stefanos Tsitsipas, they advance through the Paris tournament, touching the dream of winning a Grand Slam and being admired by world tennis. Well done, Maria, congratulations!”

Foreign Affairs Minister Nikos Dendias also congratulated Sakkari with a post on Twitter: “First Greek woman tennis player to advance through to the semifinals’ 4 in a Grand Slam tournament. Congratulations Maria, good luck in the semifinals!”

Source: ΑΝΑ – ΜPA

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