Maria Sakkari suffers shock Australian Open loss to Mladenovic

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Greek tennis player, Maria Sakkari, has lost in the first round of the Australian Open to French player Kristina Mladenovic 6-2, 0-6, 6-3.

With the sun shining on Tuesday and a top of 27 degrees, it seemed the sweltering heat took its toll on Sakkari in the first set of the match.

Mladenovic started off extremely well by breaking Sakkari. The Greek star did manage to break back but it wasn’t enough, with Mladenovic eventually claiming the set 6-2.

Sakkari made a comeback in the second set, breaking Mladenovic at least three times and holding her serve to win the set 6-0. 

But the 25-year-old wasn’t able to hold onto that lead in the third set with Mladenovic’s speed and agility seeing her claim the decider.

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