Maria Sakkari fought for more than 2 hours and emerged victorious after a difficult battle with Stefanie Vögele, qualifying for the second round of the US Open.
Maria Sakkari managed to take the victory over the very combative Stefanie Voegele with 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 and will continue her course at this year’s US Open.
Sakkari dominated the match in the 1st set, taking a convincing 6-3 victory over Voegele.
Sakkari’s confidence faltered in the 2nd set however, with the Swiss winning 3 consecutive games. The Greek managed to break her and climb to a score of 2-3. Voegele, however, made another break in the 8th game to finish the set 3-6, taking the match to a 3rd set.
The two female tennis players gave a tough fight in the 3rd set, yet Maria expertly claimed a 2-1 lead with her powerful serve.
Voegele managed to equalise at 4-4 and later at 5-5, bringing the set into an 12th game. Finally, winning the break that sent her into the next round, Sakkari returned from 30-0 and got four straight points.
Sakkari will play in the 2nd round of the US Open for the 4th consecutive year as she faces American Bernarda Pera, who previously defeated Zarina Diyas 7-6 (4), 6-0.