Sakkari through to US Open third round after defeating Croatian-born American Bernarda Pera

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Greek tennis player Maria Sakkari continues her good run of form after defeating Bernarda Pera 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 on the American’s home court.

Sakkari came off the back of a close victory against Stefanie Vögele, defeating the Swiss only two days ago in the first round. Similar to that match, it was Sakkari’s unbreakable set streaks that saw her proceed to the third round.

Pera outmatched the Greek in the first set, using her powerful left-hand serve and catching Sakkari off guard multiple times. In the second set, the tides turned as Sakkari imposed her powerful backcourt game and finished the set victorious with an ace.

Down to the third and final set, the victory didn’t come easy for the Greek, with Pera leading 0-40 during Sakkari’s 2-1 serve. Similar to her impressive display agaonst Vögele, Sakkari managed to pull the rabbit out of the hat and deliver three break-point chances against the Swiss.

Down to the third and final set, the victory didn’t come easy for the Greek, with Pera leading 0-40 during Sakkari’s 2-1 serve. Similar to her impressive display agaonst Vögele, Sakkari managed to pull the rabbit out of the hat and deliver three break-point chances against the Swiss.

Maria Sakkari of Greece in action against American Bernarda Pera during a Day 4 match. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/USTA)

From there it was all over as Sakkari then broke the American’s serve in the next game to go up, 3-2, and ultimately finish the game victorious.

Maria Sakkari has shown good focus in the States, defeating former world champion Serena Williams last week and now outplaying Croatian-born American Bernarda Pera. The Greek international will now have to prove her talent again against world No. 22 Amanda Anisimova.

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