Rising Greek tennis star, Michaela Laki, has entered the Top 10 junior tennis world rankings for the first time after she progressed to the quarter-finals of the Australian Open Junior tournament at Melbourne Park.
Laki’s qualification in the quarter-final was her first for a Grand Slam and this achievement saw her jump from No.13 to No.9 in the ITF junior world rankings.
Speaking with The Greek Herald in August last year, Laki said she hopes to be like Greek tennis legends Stefanos Tsitsipas and Maria Sakkari one day, as their wins keep her motivated.
“Stefanos and Maria are perfect examples of how a professional athlete should be and especially for someone like me who’s just starting out in the industry,” Laki said at the time.
“It’s really important to have two Greeks so high up in the rankings. It motivates me to keep trying.”
Laki wasn’t the only young Greek to jump up in the junior rankings this year with Greek-Belgian, Sofia Kostoula, also climbing to No.5 in the world after reaching the final of the Australian Open Junior championship.
Even Dimitra Pavlou, who made her Grand Slam debut at Melbourne this year, climbed to No.140 in the junior tennis rankings.