Maria Sakkari sends top seed Svitolina packing at Ostrava Open


Maria Sakkari is through to her third Premier quarterfinal of the season after toppling top seed Elina Svitolina in straight sets at the J&T Banka Ostrava Open.

The Greek player honed in on the Svitolina second serve, and was rewarded with five breaks as she blasted 32 winners on her way to a 6-3, 6-3 victory.

“I think my ground-strokes worked really well, I was super solid from the baseline,” the Greek told Czech Television after the match.

“And of course my serve helped me a lot.”

The win sends Sakkari through to her third quarterfinal of 2020 after putting together deep runs in St. Petersburg and the Western & Southern Open, and marks her fourth career win over a Top 5 player.  

Up next, Sakkari will await the winner between Ons Jabeur or wildcard Jelana Ostapenko. The former French Open champion made quick work of No.5 seed Petra Martic, 6-3, 6-1 earlier in the day to advance.  

READ MORE: Maria Sakkari beats former World Champion Serena Williams in thrilling US match.




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