THE Maria Sakkari avenged Jessica Pegula’s loss in the Guadalajara final by beating the American world No. 3 7-6(6), 7-6(4) for the Texas tournament.
“I had to do different things since our last meeting. I had to change my tactics. Last week I was exhausted. I had no energy. I knew I had to be more aggressive. I pushed myself to play more aggressively. In these courts, being passive doesn’t work. I trusted my game and my serve. I ran so hard I’m going to need a pedicure after this match“, stressed the Greek tennis player, who is ranked number 5 in the world.
Regarding the difficulties he faced throughout the season he pointed out: “It was a difficult year. There were times when I didn’t want to get out of bed. I was sad, unhappy. But I stayed at No. 5 and forgot that I am one of the best in the world. Better late than never. I was trying to remind myself that I am still one of the top and that I can do it. I can turn things around. I worked with my team and my psychologist, I found ways and now I’m back, here I am again».
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